Smoke Free Housing

All landlords are required to provide their tenants with a smoking policy for the property. Across the state, property managers and owners are switching to smoke-free properties.

The Lincoln County Health and Human Services Tobacco Prevention and Education Program can help interested owners to make that switch - including technical assistance with writing policies, how best to notify tenants, what signage to get and where to place it on the property, and how to get quit resources and services to interested tenants.

 

Tobacco Residue in Apartment

Benefits to a smoke free housing policy:

  • Reduces fire risk and damage to units.
  • Keeps maintenance costs down. Carpets, walls, and other surfaces all collect smoke particles and tar, which are all but impossible to remove.
  • You can attract tenants looking for smoke-free housing. Did you know that 70% of Oregon renters look for smoke-free housing?1
  • It will improve the health and wellbeing of tenants and your employees.

 

How to adopt a smoke free housing policy:

  • Determine resident preferences.
  • Draft no-smoking policies and include in all lease renewals and new leases.
  • Create an enforcement plan.
  • Announce the policy change to current tenants.
  • Place signage on the property stating new policy.
  • Advertise new rental listings as smoke free

You can visit the Smoke Free Oregon Tools For Landlords Page to find examples of smoke free policies, lease addendums, how to announce the policy to tenants, how to get signage, and more.

 

Contact Us

To find out more about implementing a smoke-free housing policy and how to implement all of the steps:

Smoke-Free Housing Coordinator

541-265-6611 ext. 3328

 

Sources:

1. http://www.smokefreehousinginfo.com/pdfs-docs/OregonStatewideRenterSurvey.pdf