How to implement and maintain a smoke-free property
Benefits of going smoke free
Your rights as a landlord
Property owners and managers have the right to set reasonable rules that protect their investments and the health of their residents. Just like not allowing pets, loud music, or loitering, it's your right as a property owner or manager to implement a comprehensive smoke free policy.
How to transition your property
How do you transition your building to Smoke-Free Housing? It may seem like a big step for you and your tenants, so here's a blueprint to help you make the transition.
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- First, develop a no-smoking policy, including where you want to prohibit smoking. A 100% smoke-free building has the biggest impact on reducing clean-up costs, fires and health risks.
- Include the new policy in each lease agreement and include what the policy covers, who the policy applies to and the definition of smoking. Explain the consequences for tenants who violate the policy.
- Communicate the new policy effectively to all current residents, letting them know when the policy will take effect. Provide at least 30 days' notice.
- Enforce the no-smoking policy. Post signs clearly and respond quickly to violations.
Public Health - Seattle & King County is here to help you make the transition to smoke free housing. They can help you develop your smoke free policy, and implement it. They may also be able to provide you with free "no smoking" signs, and will list your property on their smoke-free housing registry. They can also connect your tenants with resources to help them quit smoking.
- Smoke Free Housing Guide - The Right Decision: Public Health's step-by-step guide is designed for landlords and property managers. It includes information on the benefits of going smoke-free and practical tips for implementing a no-smoking policy.
- Smoke-free Affordable Housing Made Easy: Do you provide affordable or subsidized housing? This resource guide was made specifically to address your needs.
- Smoke-Free Housing: The Right Decision for Business and Health
- Secondhand Smokes You
- Smoke-Free Housing Blueprint
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