Smoking Policy Disclosure Law
Smoking Policy Notification
An Act to Improve Awareness of Smoking Policies in Maine Rental Housing requires landlords/property owners and managers to notify all existing tenants and all potential tenants, in writing, where smoking is allowed, if anywhere, on the property in a written lease agreement or separate written notice.
This law was signed by Governor Paul LePage in 2011. Read the entire law.
- Landlords/property owners and managers must provide written notification of the current smoking policy, either as a provision of the lease agreement or as a separate written document, to tenants entering into a rental agreement.
- This law does not require landlords to adopt a smoke-free policy. It is a simple requirement to notify tenants of the smoking policy.
- This will help make sure tenants are aware of the smoking policy of a the property. It is beneficial to landlords/property owners and managers, as it can help reduce complaints by tenants.
- The law also states the adoption of smoke-free policies is a legal option for residential properties. This is a choice that can save landlords hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in cleaning and maintenance costs at unit turnover.
The information and materials provided by the Smoke-Free Housing Coalition and the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine are for information purposes only and are not offered or intended to be and should not be construed to be legal advice nor to be a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney.