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Benefits of going smoke free

Making your property smoke-free is the best way to protect your investment. It reduces the risk of fires, preserves your resale value and saves you money in turnover costs and insurance premiums. It also keeps residents happy – over 90% of Washington renters prefer smoke-free housing. For more information on these benefits, watch our video.

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.

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

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.

  • 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 may be able to provide free "no smoking" signs and can list your property on our smoke-free housing registry so renters can find your property. See below for additional resources.

Other resources

Smoke Free Housing Guide - The Right Decision

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