I'm in the process of finding a new place and at a unit I looked at today, I heard that there is essentially no realistic way for me to safely store my bicycle. Basically there is an unofficial policy of no bikes in the lobby or elevator. I don't mind not being able ot use the front door, but obviously I need the elevator to bring my bike up to my place. The thing is, the back door is a) locked for some reason and b) the room labeled "Bike storage" is in fact just the locker room where you get a dinky little caged-in area to stuff your crap. not nearly large enough for a bike.
i'm going to be up front with some other landlords that i'm interested in renting with, as they seem like really nice, reasonable people. i think the main issue is the building management.
quite simply i insist on storing my bike in my unit. my daily ride is worth more than the rent on the place. if i rode a $50 beater mountain bike, i honestly wouldn't mind, but my bike is the nearly the single most expensive item i own.
what do you guys think i should do? should i just go in with a don't-ask-don't-tell policy? i mean, i'm sure there are tenants who own $5000+ road bikes, but obviosuly they're not transporting it up and down each day. I think that's the main issue they have with it: i may accidentally damage elements of the building. Honestly I think if I was that stupid, my bike would be the thing getting damaged, but you know how people are.