Smoke Free Rental.com

WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SMOKE-FREE HOUSING

The goal of this website is to encourage rental owners and property managers to implement a policy that limits or prohibits the smoking of tobacco products inside their rental units and on the property. The following resources will help. Please seek counsel with any legal documents or questions.

Secondhand smoke fact sheet
A list of facts about secondhand smoke information.

Benefits of Smoke-Free Housing
Learn about the benefits of smoke-free housing by watching this short presentation (only 4 minutes). Click here to view the video.

How to Implement No Smoking Policies at Your Apartment Community
If you manage an apartment community, this short online course will explain how to implement no smoking policies at your property. Click here to view the course.

What does "smoke-free" really mean?
For the purpose of this website and its rental listings, “smoke-free” means some form of policy is in effect that restricts the smoking of tobacco products. Smoke-free does not mean that other forms of smoke are not present.

This website classifies rental units according to three categories.

Types of Policies top

Smoke-free property
No smoking of tobacco products is allowed anywhere on the property, including inside all rental units and within all common areas, such as walkways, playgrounds, swimming pools and laundry rooms.

Smoke-free building
No smoking of tobacco products is allowed inside all rental units and common areas within one or more buildings on the property, but smoking may be permitted elsewhere on property, including common areas.

Smoke-free unit
No smoking of tobacco products is prohibited within specific units, but smoking may be permitted elsewhere within the building or on the property, including common areas.

Property Management Rights
There is NO constitutional right to smoke
Can rental owners and property managers restrict smoking on their properties? What rights do smokers have? The Technical Assistance Legal Center of the Public Health Institute provides answers to these questions. Of course, you may wish to consult your attorney for advice.

How Landlords Can Prohibit Smoking
A question and answer guide from the Technical Assistance Legal Center of California informing property owners and managers of how they can prohibit smoking in rental housing.

Questions renters should ask regarding smoke-free properties
While this website strives to ensure the accuracy of all rental listings, it is impossible to monitor every property. Therefore, renters should assume this responsibility when reviewing any listing.

Here are some questions that renters should consider asking:

· Is smoking of tobacco products permitted anywhere on the property?
· If yes, which specific areas have no smoking restrictions?
· What actions will the rental owner or property manager take if other renters or their guests violate the no smoking rules?

Rental Owners/Managers Resources top

Resident Survey Regarding Smoking Policy Preferences
A sample survey that can be used to determine need and support from residents.

Property Observation Form For Smoke-Free Housing
A sample observation form that can show where tobacco litter is located on the property, what residents know about tobacco smoke, current smoking culture of residents and knowledge about current smoke-free policies on your property.

Signage
Order free window decals to promote your smoking policy. While supplies last.

Lease Addendum Language
Here is sample language for your lease regarding your no tobacco smoking policy.

Policy Notice
A sample memo to notify residents, guests and staff of your new no tobacco smoking policy.

Warning Notice for No Tobacco Smoking Policy Violation
This is a sample letter of warning for a first violation of your no tobacco smoking policy. It can be adapted for your use.

Sample Insurance Savings
McClatchy Insurance in Sacramento offers discounts on non-smoking insurance policies. Some sample savings examples include:

8-unit apartment building in Midtown Sacramento (Building coverage $725,000)
Annual premium without Smoke-Free discount     $2,398.00
Annual premium WITH Smoke-Free discount      $2,168.00

23-unit apartment complex in Carmichael (Building coverage $2,450,000)
Annual premium without Smoke-Free discount     $5,188.00
Annual premium WITH Smoke-Free discount      $4,687.00

100-unit apartment complex in Sacramento (Building coverage $13,500,000)
Annual premium without Smoke-Free discount     $28,348.00
Annual premium WITH Smoke-Free discount      $25,537.00

Get recognized top

The City and County of Sacramento, as well as the City of Woodland have recognition programs for property owners and managers who have adopted smoke-free policies on their properties. Property managers or owners can complete and submit an application to the designated city or county.

City of Sacramento
In accordance with a Resolution passed by the City of Sacramento on April 7, 2009, multi-unit housing with a minimum of 50% of existing units designated as non-smoking, including private patios and balconies, will receive a certificate and public recognition.

County of Sacramento
In accordance with a Resolution passed by the County of Sacramento on April 10, 2007, multi-unit housing with a minimum of 50% of existing units designated as non-smoking, including private patios and balconies, will receive a certificate and public recognition.

City of Woodland--Coming soon!

Smoke-Free Housing Final Evaluation Report, 2008-2010 top

This smoke-free housing project was made possible by the California Tobacco Control Program through contract #05-45859, administered by Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trail’s STAND (Sacramento Taking Action Against Nicotine Dependence) Project in partnership with the Rental Housing Association. This report chronicles the project from 2008 to 2010.
©2009 Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley