Establishing a no-smoking policy for a new residential building is easy to do and makes good business sense. Smoke-free buildings are cost-effective, safe and healthy. All of your tenants will be new, so there's no grandfathering existing smokers, and you can open your doors as a 100% smoke-free building from the outset. This section can apply to both new market rate buildings and non-profit housing.
Identify where smoking will NOT be permitted in the building, such as inside units, balconies, and outside property. Note:A major source of smoke comes from smoking on balconies.
Identify who the policy applies to: tenants, guests, staff and service personnel.
Sample no-smoking policy for inclusion in a Tenancy Agreement:
"It is a material term of this tenancy agreement that smoking in the rental unit, the outdoor balconies or on the entire property is prohibited. "Smoking" for the purposes of this material term, means releasing into the air gases, particles, or vapors as a result of combustion, electrical ignition or vaporization, when the purpose is human inhalation of the by-products. The term 'smoking' includes, but is not limited to, tobacco smoking, smoking using electronic cigarettes, marijuana smoking and crack cocaine smoking."
Step 2: Implement your policy
Include the no-smoking clause in all new tenancy agreements and fixed term tenancies.
Request that tenants initial the no-smoking clause.
Mention the no-smoking policy in the application form.
Step 3: Promote your policy
Post “no-smoking” signage in common areas of the building. Download official no-smoking signage.
Advertise your smoke-free building in vacancy ads.
No-smoking policies are largely self-enforcing. Your tenants will be your biggest supporters of the policy and will let you know when others are not following the rules. Treat violation of the no-smoking policy like you would any other violation of a material term of the tenancy agreement.
If there is evidence that a violation has occurred, here are some steps that can be taken: