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.