A REDDIT user has claimed that the only way to work in his apartment complex is banned: e-bikes, scooters and electric boards.
The user said he was out with his brand new e-board when his neighbor, who happens to be the vice president of the complex, asked him about it.
The two eagerly exchanged details on technical data, battery capacity and charging times.
They said they later found out their new e-board, as well as electric scooters and bicycles, were banned from the complex.
“Please draw attention to this email that the presence of electric bicycles, electric scooters or similar battery-powered devices and their associated batteries on the premises is strictly prohibited at all times,” the HOA residents’ statement said.
“This includes residential units, common areas and storage facilities, as well as being within a 15 foot radius of any structure on the property.”
For the original poster, their e-board was the only way to get to work as they have problems with their car that they can’t afford to fix.
A reason for the overall ban was not made clear, but the notice noted that “many residential properties” imposed similar bans.
In a similar Reddit post, another Florida condominium complex no longer allows all-electric vehicles to be parked in the complex’s underground garage due to the “fire hazard” with the lithium batteries.
EV fires are incredibly rare, rarer than ICE car fires, but they are deadlier and much more difficult to contain and extinguish.
E-bikes, electric scooters, and e-boards rarely cause fires, but there have been cases where the batteries have failed, causing fires in condominiums.
Some comments on the original thread encourage the OP to legally fight the ban, claiming that gas-based non-electrical devices are just as dangerous, if not more so.
“Remind them that petroleum products such as gasoline, kerosene, diesel and propane are also flammable. Therefore, they should also ban cars, lawn mowers, boats, gas ranges, grills, gas water heaters and gas stoves.”
Manydo not ban e-bikes, scooters or e-boards, but ban students from charging these devices in dormitories or other buildings, as students cannot be billed for electricity consumption.
HOAs have been known to have strict rules for doing silly things or forbidding things that don’t make sense, and many other users recommend speaking to an attorney about your rights – especially since the reason for the ban hasn’t been clearly spelled out.