Welcome to the Smokefree Apartment House
Registry. The Registry was created in 2001 in response to the
many requests we have received from the public for information
about rental units which are free of drifting tobacco smoke.
It is unfortunate that in some apartment
and condominium buildings, tobacco smoke can drift from one unit
into another, or can enter an apartment or condo from halls,
stairs, balconies, patios and courtyards. Most apartment residents
are aware of the health hazards of secondhand tobacco smoke and
wish to be protected from it.
However, many apartment owners are not
aware that they have the choice to designate all or part of an
apartment building or complex as non-smoking. Requiring no smoking
in an apartment building reduces maintenance costs, prevents
fires, and may result in insurance discounts.
We offer a free vacancy listing service
on our web site
www.smokefreeapartments.org to apartment owners who have
chosen to establish a total or partial non-smoking policy in
their buildings. In buildings of 16 units or more, at least 50%
of the adjacent units must be maintained as non-smoking to be
included in the Registry. We also suggest that balconies, patios,
courtyards, enclosed common areas and outdoor common areas where
amenities are located (swimming pool, children's play area) be
required to be non-smoking as well. We recommend that buildings
of 10 units or less be maintained as entirely non-smoking.
See our Model
Smokefree Policy section for a choice of leases that can
be used to legally require no smoking in designated areas including
A smoking-permitted area could be established
outdoors, sufficiently distant from units and outdoor amenities
so that non-smoking residents are not affected by the smoke.
A designated area for smoking could include a table, chairs,
umbrella and ash urn.
The movement for non-smoking sections and
entire buildings is now worldwide. Please visit our Links
section for a list of Registries in other states and nations.
In addition, www.craigslist.com
includes non-smoking listings.
Currently in California, more that 86%
of adults do not smoke. A statewide survey commissioned by the
American Lung Association of California in 2004 showed that approximately
82% of California apartment residents prefer to live in a totally
non-smoking apartment building, or at least in the non-smoking
Please feel free to contact us directly
if you have questions which are not answered by the material
on the website. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Phone 818-363-4220, Fax 818-363-2260. We offer technical assistance
to the housing industry.