“This Is A Non-Smoking Building”

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“This is a Non-Smoking Building”

Make Hazardous Tobacco Use Illegal on Your Property.

Most people know about the dangers of tobacco smoke through cigarettes and cigars. At their worst, cigarettes can create a risk of fire. Smokers not only affect their own health, but the health of others around them through secondhand smoke. There is another hazard, however, that comes with heavy smoking; one that a chain-smoking tenant carries that can become an owner’s worst nightmare. We’re talking about third-hand smoke.

Third-hand smoke is the residual contamination that smoke from tobacco products leave behind on furniture. Walls and ceilings can even be stained from the nicotine. Additionally, the smoke-laden air may increase irritability whenever heaters or air conditioners are turned on. Whenever you have stayed at a hotel and been asked if you would like a smoking or non-smoking room, it is because hotels control the amount of damage third-hand smoke does. They usually concentrate those rooms within a specific block.

As a property manager with apartments, however, this obviously is not an option. The damage done by third-hand smoke makes the space an unhealthy residence that any sane potential tenant would not stay in. According to a study by UCLA and the California Apartment Association, the costs of a restoration of a two-bedroom apartment unit could cost $8,000 a unit; this includes things like deep cleaning or even replacing of carpets, walls, curtains, counter tops, and other such furnishings.

Property managers should strive to provide a smoke-free environment within 10-feet of the apartment premises. Provide a strict no-smoking environment to not only promote the health of your tenants but to also save precious time and money needed to keep the place maintained. In addition, a smoke-free environment is a common amenity tenants look for in high-quality apartment units; not only can you advertise the unit as smoke-free, you can register your property on registries like Smoke Free Apartments. This can help attract non-smoking people or families looking for those amenities. Of course, make sure to put the non-smoking policy in your lease. It is legal and should show anyone trying to sneak a smoke-break that you, unlike them, are not blowing smoke!


Ramil Doronio is a content marketer by day and creative writer by night. His love of real estate and property management far exceeds his need for sleep. You can find him furiously typing on his laptop in between trips to In-N-Out.