Adopting a smoke-free policy is a win-win situation for you and your residents.
8 out of 10 tenants, including smokers, would choose to live in a smoke-free complex.
In a 2014 survey of Maine multi-unit housing residents, 50% of those surveyed said “all things being equal I would be willing to pay a little more in rent if it meant I could live in a smoke-free building.”
100% smoke-free policies reduce property damage and fire risk.
A unit where smoking occurs can be 400% more expensive to turn-over, on average the cost is $5,000 more per unit to rehabilitate.
65% of private landlords in Maine have chosen to go smoke-free.
A smoke-free policy is not discriminatory.
As landlord or property owner or manager, you can legally restrict or prohibit smoking in a rental building as long as the policy does not target a protected class or minority.
The right to smoke is not protected under law, according to an opinion written by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Nonsmokers with serious breathing disabilities such as asthma or allergies have legal protection under federal and state law.
There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Maine and in the United States.