Implement a smoke-free policy the same way as any other lease of lease modification.
Choose an effective date and before that date, develop a no-smoking lease addendum. The addendum should include the policy's effective date.
Provide existing residents with a copy of the no-smoking lease addendum before their leases renew. Tell them it will become part of their lease.
If you have concerns about tenants who may have difficulty going outside to smoke, consider moving them to a vacant unit on the first floor or closer to an exit or elevator to make getting outside easier.
Provide new tenants with a lease or the lease addendum, that includes the property's smoke-free policy.
Maintaining a smoke free environment
Tenants need to understand the smoke free policy to maintain smoke free housing. Tenants should also understand the consequences of ignoring the smoke free policy. Respond to smoke free policy violations the same way you treat other lease violations (e.g., noise, late rent, etc.).
Also, make sure the property looks and smells smoke free:
- Keep smoke-free signs posted and easy to read
- Replace signs if necessary
- Clean up cigarette butts
- Inspect the building or property regularly to look and smell for signs of smoking. Consider frequent inspections during the first year to ensure resident compliance