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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.

Watch this video to learn how to go smoke-free and save!

  • 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.

Other resources

Smoke Free Housing Guide - The Right Decision

Learn the how and why of going smoke-free in 5 minutes!