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As a tenant, you have the option of trying to negotiate a smoke-free solution with your landlord. Below is information on notifying your landlord, working with them to find a solution and discussing the adoption of a no-smoking policy.
Notify your landlord
If your efforts to reduce the smoke are unsuccessful, write a letter of complaint to your landlord requesting that the problem be resolved. Explain the extent, frequency and impact of the problem, and identify what steps you have taken to resolve the problem to date.
Work with your landlord to negotiate solutions
It is always a good idea to indicate what you would like to happen to solve the problem. You may have an idea that the landlord has not considered, so offer some suggestions. Ask your landlord to consider potential solutions such as working with the smoking tenant to negotiate a solution, conducting repairs to the unit to seal off the smoke, or installing door sweeps and weather stripping around windows.
Talk to your landlord about adopting a no-smoking policy
No-smoking policies are legal and have many benefits for landlords and tenants, including: less damage to units, cheaper turnover costs, lower risk of fires, and fewer complaints about second-hand smoke.
Note: If your landlord refuses to act or you are not satisfied with the solutions offered, check out our section on last resort remedies.