How do I announce a no-smoking policy?

Giving your tenants advance notice about the no-smoking rule will help you gain compliance with the policy. You might want to go "over and above" your normal procedures for announcing rule changes. A little bit of extra work at the beginning could help you avoid headaches later on.

Use our Tenant Handout (PDF) to talk to tenants about the benefits of a no-smoking rule and our Model Resident Notification Letter to announce your policy.

Make sure everyone knows about the new rule:

If tenants protest against the no-smoking rule, remember there is no right to smoke and it is not a disability. You have the legal right to create rules that protect your property from damage and fires. A no-smoking rule also protects your nonsmoking tenants from secondhand smoke, which protects you from potential liability.