Banning smoking in multi-family units

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Meghan - posted on 12/31/2010

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Where I live, you can't even find a house to rent let a lone a suit or apartment that allows smoking. I am a smoker and I totally agree with it. I think it is does infringe on a smoker's rights, but smoking in a building where non smokers can inhale also infringes on their rights. Pfffft, its called common sense and courtesy people- too bad some people lack both

Becky - posted on 12/31/2010

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You could change the lease terms when the lease came up for renewal though. Most leases are renewed on a yearly basis. That way, within about a year, you could have the building completely non-smoking. If people didn't like the change, well, they could leave. Lease terms change, rents get raised, etc, all the time.

Amie - posted on 12/31/2010

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Oh I wanted to add, a lot of landlords around here don't allow smokers because it affects there future renters.



Just like a lot don't allow pets for the same reason.



They want to be able to rent it out again as quickly as possible after you leave, that means keeping it as allergen free as possible.

Amie - posted on 12/31/2010

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I don't see the problem with this. There's already no smoking buildings and homes that are rented out here, have been for a long time.

If you want to smoke in your place, buy your own house.

Becky - posted on 12/31/2010

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I don't see it as any different than raising the rent because market conditions have changed. That could force someone to leave because they can no longer afford the rent.

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Tiffany - posted on 12/31/2010

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I completely agree with it. If you are renting/leasing a home/apartment then you shouldn't be able to smoke in the home or on the premises IMO. My brother lives in a 4 apartment building all side by side. He is in the middle...the one on his right smokes outside only and has a can he keeps his butts in. He won't smoke if the kids are around. The other neighbors smoked inside and outside even if the kids were there and you can smell it in my brothers bathrooms, hallways and his daughters room. They had to change his daughters room because of it. I know it may suck for people who smoke, but it sucks for those who don't smoke to have to smell nasty smoke all day long and have cigarette butts outside on the ground. Thankfully that person was evicted from the unit (for other reasons) so my brothers house doesn't smell any more.

Rosie - posted on 12/31/2010

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i'm not all for it. if a landlord wants to make his buildings smoke free than obviously he has the right to, but to make it mandatory?? pretty soon smokers won't be able to find a place to live.

Valerie - posted on 12/31/2010

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I'm sure that's legal, but you're dealing with someone's home. I just don't think that's right.

Valerie - posted on 12/31/2010

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I'm in favour of imposing a smoking ban on multi-family housing units, but for new buildings or new tenants only. You cannot give a right at the point of entering a contract (eg signing a lease) and then take it away.

Becky - posted on 12/31/2010

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I had to get lunch earlier, so didn't have time to post my own thoughts... Personally, I'd love to see smoking banned in any place where it might affect other people. Although I know that's not likely ever going to happen.
I would support an out and out ban in any multi-family housing. I wouldn't say, you can't live here if you smoke, but to say no smoking in or within 50 feet of (or whatever) the residence, I would support. It's nasty walking through the halls of a building that smell like fresh, or worse, stale, cigarette smoke. Or having to walk past smokers standing right in the doorway to get into a building. Mind you, I think it's stupid to smoke indoors anyways. When we were househunting, we looked at some houses where smokers had obviously lived and smoked in the house, and they were nasty. The smell practically made me sick when we walked in and the paint and ceilings were stained. No way I would've bought them, even if I'd loved the houses otherwise. I think it significantly lowers the resale value of your home.

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I think people should smoke outside anyway. Where I live smoking is not allowed in any apartments but they are all rentals.

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I'm completely in favor of it. Not just banning in the apartments, but on the entire property. ;) In my home is where I inhale about 90% of my cigarette smoke exposure. It's a lot easier to avoid out in public than in my own home w/ smoking neighbors.

Of course, I'm pretty sure you all know I wish cigarette smoking were illegal anyway. ;)

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I'd support the ban, but like the article stated, it is up to individual managemen tto make and enforce the policies. I like that a majortiy of hotel chains offer non-smoking FLOORS. Perhaps apartment rental companies can distinguish smoking allowed vs. non-smoking units.

Lacye - posted on 12/31/2010

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As a smoker, I have to say I actually agree with it. I do live in an apartment but I go outside to smoke. I refuse to smoke inside with my child.

Mother - posted on 12/31/2010

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Its an infringement on someone's rights. I agree that smoking in common areas like the lobby or hall is wrong but if you want a completely non-smoking apartment try to find a non-smoking building.

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i agree with it, or atleast prevent them from smoking in the hall ways. My apt occasionally smells like cigarettes, it pisses me off royally, keep the smokes away from children. Non smokers don't smoke for a reason, we dont need second hand smoke. Smoking here is banned from 50ft in any door of an establishment, certian streets are not aloud to be smoked on. Cars with minors, so why not units with children.

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