Smoke-free multi-unit housing policies are becoming more in popular and in demand as the public becomes more aware of the hazards of secondhand smoke. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. In multi-unit housing complex secondhand smoke can drift from one unit to another through ventilation systems, hallways, cracks in walls and floors, electrical outlets, plumbing fixtures or from outside.
There is no local or state law prohibiting property owners from implementing smoke-free policies for their units. Property owners who have smoke-free policies can reduce their turnover costs by almost $3,500 in a smoking unit and can potentially save up to 10% on their insurance premiums. In addition, considering that 88% of Californians do not smoke indicates that the market share for housing units is more favorable towards smoke-free units.
For Property Owners and Managers:
- Why and how to protect your apartments from smokers – PDF
- Comprehensive benefits of smoke-free housing – PDF
- Legal Concerns – PDF
- Cost and process of restoration of a smoke damaged apartment – PDF
- Smoke-free areas lease addendum – PDF
- U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development recommendation – PDF
- Sample Lease Addendum – DOC
- Sample Notification Letter – DOC
- Options and negotiation advice for Tenants – PDF
- You do not have a legal right to smoke in your apartment – PDF
- Non-smokers’ legal rights (English) – PDF
- Opciones legales para inquilinos afectados por el humo de tabaco que entra a su vivienda (español) – PDF