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A rental property owners’ and condo corporations’ guide to smoke-free multi-unit housing.
Making the Business Case for Prevention: Smoke-free Multiunit Housing.
Landlords have the legal right to protect their property and designate their building as smoke-free. It is estimated that up to 100, 000 renters per year move because of second-hand smoke, and a recent survey has shown that given the choice between two identical buildings, 80% of Ontarians would select a building that is entirely smoke-free. With public demand growing for market-rate, smoke-free housing, adopting a non-smoking policy within your rental property is not only legal, but good for business.
Tenant complaints about second-hand smoke odours and exposure are commonly cited by housing providers as taking valuable time to address and resolve. Smoke-free housing policies have clear economic and property protection benefits for landlords:
If you are interested in implementing a smoke-free policy at your property, below are some valuable resources to help get you started:
Over a third of Halton residents live in a multi-unit dwelling and public demand for smoke-free rental units across the region is on the rise.
If you are bothered by second-hand smoke in your multi-unit dwelling and you want your landlord to make your building smoke-free, you should know that the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) prohibits smoking in multi-unit dwellings within common areas including elevators, stairwells, hallways, parking garages, laundry facilities, lobbies, exercise areas and party or entertainment rooms.
This legislation does not extend into people's private homes or apartment units, however, landlords and condominium corporations are free to set restrictions on smoking in rental agreements, leases and bylaws.
Try to determine where the smoke is coming from and how it is entering your unit. If a neighbour’s smoke is entering your apartment or condo, Smoke-Free Housing Ontario (external link) recommends several options:
Learn more at www.smokefreehousingon.ca (external link) or contact Halton Region Health Department at 311.
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Halton Region is composed of
the City of Burlington,
the Town of Halton Hills,
the Town of Milton,
and the Town of Oakville .