“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!