landlord.jpgHave you been thinking about a no-smoking rule for your rentals?

If you're like other landlords, you are tired of the time and money it takes to repaint, re-carpet, and turn over apartments that have been smoked in. Cigarette smoke travels through walls, doors, electrical outlets and ventilation systems. The residue seeps into carpets, curtains, furniture and drywall. The toxic residue referred to as thirdhand smoke is almost impossible to remove. It remains on surfaces for months and becomes more toxic over time. You know that smoking is a major fire hazard and a liability for you. Maybe your tenants have complained about tobacco smoke drifting from their neighbors' units. You've heard that other landlords have gotten rid of these hassles by adopting a no-smoking rule, and you're wondering if it will work for you, too.

Well, good news! You can adopt a no-smoking rule. Just like you might prohibit pets, you can prohibit smoking. You can have a no-smoking rule for individual units, common areas*, and even outdoors.rentalapplication.jpg

This website includes answers to frequently asked questions. You can read about the strong market demand for smoke-free housing as well why going smoke-free is legal. We will show you how going smoke-free will protect your investment and give you tips on how to go smoke-free.

The estimated annual cost savings from eliminating smoking in all U.S. subsidized housing would be $521 million a year. The study also estimates savings of $108 million in annual renovation expenses and $72 million in annual smoking-related fire loses.

Smoking is the number one cause of home fire deaths in the United States.
Every year, men, women and children are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials. Most victims of smoking-related fires never thought it could happen to them. These fires can affect not only the smoker, but others living in or next to the home at the time of the fire. Some of these fires have been documented in the Fargo Forum.

Not only will changing to smoke-free save you time and money, it is the healthy decision. According to the Surgeon General’s Report, there is no safe amount of secondhand smoke. It affects many parts of the human body in both children and adults. Eliminating this secondhand smoke will prevent disease and death in your tenants.

Help is Available
Below are several documents to help guide you through this process, or if you have questions or concerns regarding smoke-free housing, contact your Local Public Health Unit.

smokefreeborder.jpg*North Dakota's smoke free law prohibits smoking in most indoor public places, including common areas of apartment buildings, such as hallways, laundry rooms, recreation/common rooms, lobbies, and similar types of areas as well as 20 feet from public entrances. This law, however, does not apply to individual units in multiunit housing. The policies in those units are decided by the building owner.

Landlord Resources

Why Go Smoke-Free?

Survey for Tenants

Sample Tenant Letter and SHS Survey

Written Notice to Tenants 

Bringing The Healthy Air Home (American Lung Association)

Regulating Smoking in Multi-Unit Housing

Healthier Investments 

Ventilation and Air Filtration The Science

ASHRAE Environmental Tobacco Smoke 2013