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2009/07/15 10:58:47 (permalink)

Storing push bikes in flats.



Apologies in advance for the long post over such a trivial matter!  I post because I just don't need this petty stress!


I moved into a rented flat about 6 months back.
There is a maintance cupboard right outside my door with a ladder and a fuse box inside it.  The landlord suggested that I use this cupboard to store my bicycle.

I have been doing this since I moved in.

Another guy has recently moved in and he leaves his bike in the communial hall (there's enough room there & doesn't get in anyone's way).

Anyway, last night, my immediate neighbour (who has lived here for 17 years) knocks on my door, asks me if that's my bike in the cupboard and tells me that I can't keep it in there because it's a fire hazard.  I ask her how exactly it's a fire hazard?  She avoids the question and says that you can't keep anything in there otherwise the agency who manages the lease will put the boot in.  I tell her it was suggested by my landlord to keep it in there, it's not doing any harm, it's not in anyone's way.  She says no, you have to keep it in your flat, and that other bike shouldn't be there either. 

I tell her that the other bike is causing no problem to me, and if I can't keep my bike in this cupboard out the way, I'll put it next to the other bike in the hallway, - she asks "how would I like it if I kept all my stuff out here in the hallway?", I tell her that I have many friends who live in flats and its very common for bikes to be stored in communial hallways.

I ask her what exactly is the problem with keeping a bike there?  She answers "because you're not allowed to".  I ask her "why is it a problem for you, personally?" - she answers "I'm getting into an arguement, I will have to inform the managing agent".

Just before slamming the door on her I say: "you have nothing better to do wth your life and you're just being deliberately awkard".

I'll probably now ring the landlord and clarify what I can or can't do.  I imagine that he must be in possession of the flat's lease.

How petty is this?  Get a life for God sake.  There's more important things than falling out with a neighbour over this sort of thing, (or maybe for some people, there obviously isn't).


Thoughts!??



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    Pastafarian
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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 11:03:49 (permalink)
    I can see both sides tbh
    She dont want a fistful of carriers bags,dragging past trying to fit past someones bike

    You dont want dirty bike tyres in your place

    In reality they should have lockable,secure bike holders in the carpark as most flat owners are singles or couples and use bikes a lot,However you dont have this so its going to be hard to find a solution for everyone

    The cupboard does sound bad but then i cant see it,long as theres enough room for them to get to the kit in times of need no problem

    you cant kick off too much or your bike will go missing or get damaged id imagine

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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 11:06:17 (permalink)
    Who is she?  Is she the landlady?  No!  It is none of her business.  If the landlord of the property gave you permission to keep the bike in the cupboard then that is all that matters.  It is nothing to do with her.  Sounds like an interfering old busybody.
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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 11:15:32 (permalink)
    Yours doesn't sound like a prob, i'd be more bothered about the other guys bike...

    You place might be bigger but in my mums flat, she's top. the communial bit at the bottom is quiet small, ancd the only place you could store something is opposite the very bottom flats door, if i lived in the bottom i'd be pi55ed off. but if its a large area it shouldn't be a problem...

    I'd keep it in the cupboard, but if anything comes of it and have to move it, go halfs on a shed (if somewhere to put outside) with the other guy. there only £90 or so...

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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 11:16:32 (permalink)
    If the other fellas bike is making an escape in an emergency then its understandable  for her to get involved,she should have approached it in another manner tho

    Everyone has been in shape,but not everyone is IN shape,its about where your going not where you have been.
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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 11:27:44 (permalink)
    She is just an interfeering old biddy... most places have them.

    My mum moved into a place where there's 4 flat, 2 top 2 bottom. my mum is in number 4, and number 2 is underneath her's and has a small fenced off garden area...

    Anyway, before my mum got the flat, the old woman now in number 2. lived in my mums the number 4. but she moved below her as number 2 became free when an even older woman died. she has a dog too so she basically went downstairs, which free'd upstairs for my mum. now mum moves in, decorates. get phone sorted so BT had to come in and connect a wire outside, by entering the downstairs fenced of area... the old woman basically chased the BT guy out of the garden and told him she did'nt want anyone in her garden. (previous oldy must have been like this - cant see how its hers) anyway my mum explained its BT and she still wasn't happy. old women says she'd report him for tresspassing... my mum basically told her to sod off, told BT man to get sorted while she stood there with the woman, then said if your dog carries on barking all night she'd get reported!!...

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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 11:49:45 (permalink)
    I think landlords and their agencies are having a bit of a push on this at the moment. My building supervisor blokey has told us that we can no longer keep our bikes on the stairways or hallways, because they're a fire hazard. Essentially when a building fills with smoke, people need to have a clear route to the exit. Bikes chained to railings pose an obstacle since people tend to use the railing as a guide when there's no visibility.

    The cupboardy thing does seem petty though.

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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 12:07:19 (permalink)
    JohnKerr2
    I think landlords and their agencies are having a bit of a push on this at the moment. My building supervisor blokey has told us that we can no longer keep our bikes on the stairways or hallways, because they're a fire hazard. Essentially when a building fills with smoke, people need to have a clear route to the exit. Bikes chained to railings pose an obstacle since people tend to use the railing as a guide when there's no visibility.

    Absolutely right as well.

    Though nothing to do with the lady in question mind you!  £10 says she rang her friend Gloucester to tell her all about you, with added violence to make the story more interesting. 

    Cannot see an issue with the maintainance cupdboard at all, it's at your risk it's in there and is well out of the way.

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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 14:35:44 (permalink)
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    £10 says she rang her friend Gloucester to tell her all about you, with added violence to make the story more interesting. 


     

    It was so obvious wasn't it.  People are so predictable.

    I was at home at lunchtime when the managing agents popped in to see the busy-body.  I was spying through the keyhole and heard her say "I tried to tell him nicely but he just became abusive".

    Telling her she has nothing better to do and is just being awkward summounts to abuse does it LOL 

    The bloke just agreed with her and muttered something about a bike shed outside...


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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 14:50:19 (permalink)
    It's incidents like this that make me more anti-social by the day, I feel I'm on the brink of homicide at any moment, what the hell is wrong with some people?  

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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 15:00:13 (permalink)
    She should have taken it up with the landlord not you.

    It's up to him to decide what can be kept where.

    Still wouldn't have stopped you thinking she was interfering busy body though.

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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 15:11:49 (permalink)
    Skrewdriver

    I was spying through the keyhole






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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 15:17:05 (permalink)
    Imagine they opened the door and you came tumbling in lol

    Everyone has been in shape,but not everyone is IN shape,its about where your going not where you have been.
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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 15:30:01 (permalink)

      


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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 15:39:21 (permalink)
    I remember when I was looking at flats to live in and in some especially in big old mansion blocks or big converted houses there could be 10-15 bikes in the communal hallway.......really annoying and one of the reasons I couldn't live in a flat (again).

    I wish I was more attractive like Dagless.
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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 18:15:15 (permalink)
    Have a word with the other bike owner and ask him to put his bike in the cupboard with yours, as the saying goes 'out of sight out of mind' , it sounds like she has been riled by the obstructed hallway hence the 'fire hazard' she wrongly accused you of. 
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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/15 20:09:00 (permalink)

    I'm not sure both our bikes will fit... - and now the managing agents have been made aware I fully expect a lock to be placed on the cupboard, - you make a good point though - and i will certainly speak to him - cheers
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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/16 09:38:43 (permalink)
    Bikes, just be glad it isn't tomato plants!

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    post edited by cuprager - 2009/07/16 12:22:23
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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/16 10:54:08 (permalink)


    Health and Safey and Political Correctness is spoiling EVERYTHING! 
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    Re:Storing push bikes in flats. 2009/07/16 11:30:17 (permalink)
    I would tell her that just because a human being chooses not to stick anything up her vagina, she shouldn't take it out on you.  Really I would say that.
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