11 tips for landlords to make their buildings smoke free
September 1, 2007
1. Register your building(s) on smoke-free registries, such as the Smoke-Free Apartment Directory found on this site.
2. Advertise your units as smoke-free in newspaper and real estate magazine ads.
3. Revise your lease/rental agreements to include smoke-free provisions.
4. Post “Smoke-free Area” or “No Smoking” signage in designated areas.
5. Educate employees on how to field questions regarding the building’s smoke-free policy.
7. Remove ashtrays and place receptacles for smoking materials a reasonable distance from facility entrances together with applicable signs.
8. Discuss your decision with tenants and be sure to get their support.
9. Announce the change to all tenants in the form of a letter. Require tenants to sign a copy stating their intent to comply with the new policy. For existing tenants, their understanding and acceptance of the policy will begin upon renewal of their individual leases, which are updated with the new smoke-free lease language.
10. Educate employees on how to field questions regarding the building’s smoke-free policy.
11. Equip your maintenance staff with proper equipment such as door sweeps and caulking materials to deal with migrating smoke until the phase-in of the policy is complete or if only a portion of the building is going smoke-free.