Is it possible to keep a motorcycle in an apartment?

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Living in an apartment can come with a lot of perks because you don’t have to deal with a mortgage, taxes, homeowner’s insurance, etc. Apartment living comes with some drawbacks, especially if you have a motorcycle.

Living in an apartment that doesn’t have storage or a garage can be tricky when you’re trying to figure out where to store your motorcycle. Many people are unsure if their motorcycle can be safely stored in their apartment.

Can you store a motorcycle in an apartment. There are several violations to the law that prevent tenants from riding their motorcycles in apartments. You and your tenants could be exposed to additional fire hazards and emit harmful fumes. If you do this, your landlord may issue a fine or ask the city to take it down.

Bringing a motorcycle inside your apartment is extremely tempting, especially if you’ve already been doing it for a while with no issues. I know because I’ve been there. But this is what I’ve learned about apartment living while owning a motorcycle and why it’s dangerous to bring your motorcycle inside.

The Reasons You Can’t Keep a Motorcycle in an Apartment

There are a lot of reasons out there that would make it seem necessary to keep a motorcycle inside an apartment as it’s normal parking/place of storage. Whether that be because you live in a high traffic area, an area with a high crime rate, or you simply feel much better knowing it’s not outside, it’s important you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into by doing something like this.

There are no laws that explicitly prohibit the use of a motorcycle in an apartment. That’s probably why people feel it’s okay to do it. But while there’s no specific law regarding that, there are other laws that cover this scenario.

When a building is built, it is being held under strict rules and regulations to meet a city’s expectations. These strict rules are in place to ensure buildings are safe to live in. Fire safety is one of the most important rules inspectors and permit holders must adhere to.

To pass inspection, buildings must meet code 100% and be safe for people to access. Water heaters, air conditioners and heaters are subject to strict regulations. That’s because these units are susceptible to causing extreme hazards.

It is a fire hazard to bring a motorcycle into an apartment. Although you may believe that motorcycles don’t cause fires in garages, this may not be true. The motorcycle is more exposed inside an apartment than in a garage, which can lead to fires. The motorcycles can be contaminated with flammable liquids, which could cause serious damage.

Alongside the fact that motorcycles are a fire hazard, you also need to understand that this just isn’t you and your household involved. Your motorcycle can cause damage to other tenants.

If your motorcycle is involved in an accident that causes fire or other damage, Even if you have renters’ insurance, you can be held responsible for all damages. This includes damages to your apartment and all other apartments around it.

Apartments are subject to strict fire code rules. If your landlord finds out that you have parked your motorcycle in your apartment, they could impose a heavy fine on you or even evict you. And they have the grounds to do that even if your contract doesn’t specifically talk about bringing a motorcycle inside. Most apartment contracts do include tenants promising they won’t endanger other tenants and this could fall under that category.

And let’s not forget about the fumes that your motorcycle could possibly be producing. You may not be able to smell them strongly, but just because you can’t smell it doesn’t mean there aren’t harmful fumes traveling through the air. If you keep a motorcycle in an apartment, you could be putting yourself at risk.

How to Safely Keep a Motorcycle in an Apartment

I’m a motorcycle enthusiast and have owned many over the years. It’s always hard to see fellow motorcyclists get in trouble because they were unaware of the dangers involved. You may be wondering if you can’t bring your motorcycle inside your apartment, how can you safely own a motorcycle but still have to keep it outside?

Luckily, I am an experienced motorcyclist and was able keep my motorcycles safe while living in an apartment. Motorcyclists bring their motorcycle inside for many reasons. Apartments tend to be a bigger target for stolen motorcycles, so it’s understandable that people are wary of this.

The first thing you’ll need to do is find the right parking spot for it. If you’re only permitted one parking spot, it’s pretty easy to park your motorcycle sideways at the top of your parking stall. This is the best parking spot, as your car can conceal your motorcycle quite well.

You’ll want to make sure you put some sort of lock on your motorcycle. I recommend using a disk lock. (Click here to see my recommendation for a disclock to secure your motorcycle). This device attaches directly to the disc of the motorbike wheel. It makes it impossible to move the bike forward or backward. Plus there’s an alarm that’ll sound if it sense any movement.

As always, it’s a good idea to use a motorcycle cover on your bike any time you’re not using it. Though a cover won’t stop a thief from taking it, it does draw attention away from potential onlookers and helps it blend in a little more. This is especially true if you’re able to park it close to your car. You can read my article for more information on how to keep your motorcycle safe in an apartment.

You might consider parking your motorcycle in another location if your apartment complex doesn’t allow them or you are afraid of your bike being stolen. Are there any friends or family members who have a shed or garage that you could use for your motorcycle storage?

A storage unit is another option. If you live in an area where there are a lot of apartments, you’ll likely have a storage unit nearby. Storing a motorcycle in a storage unit is quite easy and probably isn’t as expensive as you think it is. Click here for my article about how you can store a motorcycle inside a storage unit.

What about condos?

There may be some of you wondering if these rules apply because you either own the apartment you live in or you’re living in a condo and you don’t have a landlord to answer to. If there’s no management to answer to, the rules are different, right? It’s not.

No matter if you own an apartment or a condo, you can still bring a motorcycle into your home. You may not get a fine or be evicted from your landlord, but the city has every right to give you a hefty fine if they find out about what you’re doing. All it takes is for a neighbor to see what you’re doing and make a phone call complaining about it.

You need to understand, too, that you’re still putting your neighbors at risk. Even if you own your part of that building, you’re still connected to other people’s homes and therefore are risking their homes and their lives by bringing a motorcycle inside your home. It’s one thing to bring a motorcycle inside when you own a house, but it’s completely different when it’s apartment/condo living.

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