Questions to Ask Your Landlord (source: SmokeFreeWashington, click to expand)
Ask the following questions about the smoking rules at rental properties you visit. Properties advertised as smoke-free can have very different rules.
Find out if the smoking policy is written in the lease or community rules.
Does it apply to everyone or just new residents?
Does the rule cover indoor common areas, rental units, decks, balconies and patios?
If there are residents who currently smoke inside or out, where they are smoking?
If they are smoking anywhere in the building, and there is a shared ventilation system, it is likely that secondhand smoke will get into your unit.
If they smoke outside near your windows or doors, it could also drift inside your unit.
Ask about enforcement.
Does the landlord check to make sure nobody is smoking?
How would the landlord respond if you made a complaint about a smoking neighbor?
If a tenant or their guest is smoking, what would the landlord do about it?
Are signs posted to make visitors aware of smoke-free areas?
Did the previous resident in your unit smoke? If so, what did the landlord do to clean the apartment? Leftover odors and contamination from secondhand smoke-also referred to as thirdhand smoke-can be hard to remove if an extensive cleaning is not done properly.