Information for Apartment Managers & Owners

Smoke-free Apartments

Did you know? It's legal to adopt a smoke-free policy. You have the right to make your apartments smoke-free! California Law (PDF) says that landlords have the authority to ban smoking anywhere on their property, including common areas and individual units.

Benefits of No-Smoking Policies

Save Money & Protect Your Property

  • Reduce cleaning costs: Apartments that have been smoked in cost two to three times more to clean. Cigarette smoke stains the walls and leaves bad smells in the rugs, drapes and paint.
  • Save on repairs: Cigarettes can leave burns on carpets, counters and other surfaces.
  • Protect your tenants and property from fires: smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the U.S.
  • Lower your insurance rates: Some insurers offer lower rates if you have a no-smoking policy.

Attract & Keep Great Tenants

  • No smoking policies reduce tenant complaints about drifting smoke
  • Smoke-free apartments attract health conscious tenants
  • Tenants will be happier and healthier with smoke-free air

How to Guide

Read the How To Adopt a No-Smoking Policy (PDF).