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How to implement and maintain a smoke-free property

Benefits of going smoke free

Making your property smoke-free is the best way to protect your investment. It reduces the risk of fires, preserves your resale value and saves you money in turnover costs and insurance premiums. It also keeps residents happy – over 90% of Washington renters prefer smoke-free housing. For more information on these benefits, watch this 30-second video below to learn how to go smoke-free and save!

Your rights as a landlord

Property owners and managers have the right to set reasonable rules that protect their investments and the health of their residents. Just like not allowing pets, loud music, or loitering, it's your right as a property owner or manager to implement a comprehensive smoke free policy.

How to transition your property

How do you transition your building to Smoke-Free Housing? It may seem like a big step for you and your tenants, so here's a blueprint to help you make the transition.

  • First, develop a no-smoking policy, including where you want to prohibit smoking. A 100% smoke-free building has the biggest impact on reducing clean-up costs, fires and health risks.
  • Include the new policy in each lease agreement and include what the policy covers, who the policy applies to and the definition of smoking. Explain the consequences for tenants who violate the policy.
  • Communicate the new policy effectively to all current residents, letting them know when the policy will take effect. Provide at least 30 days' notice.
  • Enforce the no-smoking policy. Post signs clearly and respond quickly to violations.

Other resources

King County landlords: Watch our 5-minute video below to learn how and why go smoke-free