Should Landlords Allow Smoking?

A rather lively debate about smoking in rental units is causing a lot of landlords like me to really think about this tenant/landlord issue…

Can landlords really decide one way or another- if their tenants can smoke or not?

 

It really depends on the area where your units are located, but more landlords are banning cigarettes from their units.

 

There are a lot of reasons for this, of course.

 

 

A few years ago, I had to clean up one of my  units where the previous two tenants were heavy smokers, and it was a whale of a job.

There were nicotine stains all over the walls.  I cringed to think what those cigarettes were doing to the inside of those men’s lungs. One of the men has since died, I found out.

 

Then there’s the smell. 

 

Personally, I’m not bothered too much by the odor of cigarettes.  I may be in the minority, but I’ve always liked the smell of smoking, although I have never smoked myself. 

 

 

But the smoking debate continues. 

 

Some samples from some of the Fark readers:

 

"This is bad news for Obama…."

 

"How can there be a price on ruining your health?

 

"Good. My social liberalism goes out the window on this.Irrational, I know.

Hypocritical, yes.

But I’m stickin’ with it!"

 

Tune in for the Landlord Smoking Debate at Fark

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Should Landlords Allow Smoking?”

  1. You’re right.

    It is very hard to regulate, although many complexes are trying.

    I think that has more to do with the general no smoking movement than with property management.

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