Are you a landlord or management company with questions and concerns about tenants smoking in your buildings? If so, you are not alone.
Whether you own a duplex and rent out the second unit, manage a six-building condominium complex, or are a property management firm with apartment buildings in multiple states, drifting secondhand smoke is an issue you are probably confronting now or will need to address in the near future,
Landlords, management companies, property owners, condominium associations and public housing authorities are all hearing from tenants who are bothered by, and/or suffer health consequences from, secondhand tobacco smoke that drifts into their unit from a unit occupied by a person who smokes. In response, they are increasingly choosing to adopt non-smoking policies for their buildings, which protect both the health of tenants and the financial health of owners.
Smokefree apartments and condominiums are the future of multi-unit housing, and there is a lot of information available for people who are interested in adopting non-smoking policies for their buildings. The National Apartment Association and the California Apartment Association have voiced their support for smokefree apartment policies.
"Smoke-free apartment communities not only promote a healthy resident population, but also a healthy bottom line for owners and investors."
-Dave Watkins, Chairman of the Board of the National Apartment Association
In July 2009, the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Public & Indian Housing issued a memorandum titled Non-Smoking Policies in Public Housing, which strongly encourages Public Housing Authorities to implement non-smoking policies in some or all of their public housing units. In September 2010, HUD's Multi-Family Housing Section issued a notice titled Optional Smoke-Free Housing Policy Implementation to encourage owners and managers of HUD Multi-Family Housing rental assistance programs, such as Section 8, to adopt and implement smokefree policies for some or all their properties. These documents are significant developments for clarifying the right of local public housing authorities, as well as providers of Section 8, senior, and disabled affordable housing to adopt smokefree policies for the buildings under their control. HUD's support for smokefree housing is key because buildings receiving HUD funding often serve individuals and families who are among the most vulnerable to the negative health impacts of secondhand smoke exposure.
Here are just a few highlights of why apartment buildings around the country are going smokefree:
Read below to learn more information about what you can do to address secondhand smoke in your buildings.
Smokefree Housing Library