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My son rents an apartment and was told by the landlord/caretaker that he is not allowed to keep his bike in the apartment but to store it in the communal bike locker. Turns out my sons bike was stolen from said locker. Is the landlord responsible for replacing the stolen bike? My son has tenant insurance for the apartment contents, etc. however due to the fact the bike was not in the apartment is the landlord liable for it???

4 Thoughts on Is a landlord liable for stolen property from the communal bike locker?
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    Cheryl A
    July 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Most likely not. Just like a parking garage, you use it at your own risk. Was his bike locked? He may still be able to claim this on his renter’s insurance, but of course, there would be the deductible. Sorry to hear about the loss, though.

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    July 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    No the landlord is not. Same as if he parked his car in the garage or parking lot.

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    July 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I can understand a landlord not wanting the bike on a patio or balcony, but the apartment itself? It is like telling me what kind of furniture I can put in my apartment.
    Did it have a lock on the bike? I don’t think the landlord is responsible and my next bike would be in my apartment. Unless of course they agree to pay for the bike being stolen.

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    July 21, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Most likely, the landlord is not responsible. Check the lease, it most likely has a statement to that effect, of a notice posted in the communal room that the landlord has no liability for stolen or lost property.
    In addition, he propbably is covered by his insurance policy. The fact that the bike was not stolen from his apartment probably is not a disqualification, if the bike was on the property of the aprtment complex. Of course, the deductible may wipe out most of the value of the claim.

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