How do I adopt a no-smoking policy?

Like many landlords, you've decided you want to protect your property from damage and fires by adopting a no-smoking rule. You know a no-smoking rule is marketable, will help you avoid potential legal liabilities due to health problems caused by secondhand smoke, and will save you time and money on cleaning and maintenance.

Whether you are thinking about a no-smoking rule for new or current housing, this how-to guide will help you develop, announce, enforce, and market your policy.

“As a unit emptied, it became non-smoking. It was not like we turned the entire complex over immediately. But within two years, maybe less, it was totally non-smoking.” *

“I recently built a dozen row houses. I wanted to keep them as new as possible and not have smoke seep from one to the other, so I decided to rent them all non-smoking right from the start.” *

“Say in a triplex you’ve got two tenants that smoke and one doesn’t. One of the smokers leaves, so now you have a majority non-smokers, and you tell the next one who moves in, we’ve got a new policy. You give the last smoker 60 or 90 days’ advance warning to stop smoking inside.” *

How do I develop a no-smoking policy?

How do I announce a no-smoking policy?

How do I enforce a no-smoking policy?

How do I market my no-smoking units?

* Quotes taken from the report Opinions of Experienced Metro-Area Landlords Regarding Smoking Policies and Practices, Cambell Delong Resources, Inc., November 2006.


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