Is it a trespass when someone rides their bike onto your property?

Question Details: I have asked someone to keep off my property, but now they are coming over by riding their bike, as opposed to coming over on foot. Is this still a trespass?

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Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

Yes, riding a bike is likely to be a trespass, if you have given proper notice to the person to keep off your property.

Click here to read more about trespass law and trespass notices: www.communitylaw.org.nz

It is trespass if they stay on your property (on their bike or not) after you have warned them to get off or keep off.

You can warn them orally or in writing. It is easier to prove if it is in writing. A template for a trespass notice can be found here on the Police website: www.police.govt.nz. The website also includes information about how to ensure that the notice gets to the person you want to keep off your land.

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