A resident at an undisclosed HDB block shared how he has a neighbour who has been smoking and charging his e-bike at their corridor.
Here is the story:
I have a neighbor who has an E-Bike, I do not have any issues with that, but what bothers me about him is that firstly their home the corridor they treat like a living room.. they have a wooden table and wooden chairs outside their door just so they can sit down and smoke at the corridor. Even my mom who is 58 years old who has asthma, bearing with it, by closing doors and windows whenever she smells cigarettes.
Next is on Friday evenings or weekends, when I bookout from camp and come home, I frequently see him and his gf “dismantling and fixing” his bikes motor.. now I don’t want to jump to conclusions but I got a feeling he is modifying the motor which in turn is illegal. But I give the benefit of the doubt..
Besides all these, the final thing that bothers me a lot is, this guy literally has an extension plug extended from inside the flat to outside, where they sit and smoke, and they charge the E-bike at the corridor overnight..
I tell them to try not to charge outside, because not only is the surrounding surrounded by wooden furniture, but he also has a cigarette tray just nearby the plug. I tell them just charge inside the house because if a fire breaks out in the corridor, the folks who live on one side of the HDB CANNOT escape because the fire blocks the corridor.. he simply replies “I house cannot charge bro, no space bro, u want I put the bike in your house not”
I am currently serving NS so most of the week I am not home, and I constantly get worried about not only my mom’s health but also my family’s house. Seen so many cases of PMD catching on fire which looks devastating, I don’t want one day I in camp, only to receive news that fire has broken out right beside my family’s home..
I don’t want to look like a bad neighbor cus don’t want to cause tension, but what should I do? This kind of thing is contact which authority?
- You’re not a bad neighbour if you file a complaint to the authorities. You’re just a good citizen.
- Your neighbour is a fire hazard. Report to HDB.
You can also secretly video your neighbour smoking. It is illegal to smoke along the corridors by the way. Send it to HDB.
May consider buying an all risk housing insurance. I wouldn’t be able to sleep in peace if I were you.