As landlords and property managers, you have the choice to take action that goes above and beyond the provisions of Ontario’s smoke-free legislation.
A smoke-free policy is a clause in the lease that prohibits smoking in the units (including balconies) and or the entire property. A smoke-free policy:
- Does not prohibit smokers from renting accommodation;
- Does not evict current smokers;
- Does not force tenants to quit smoking; and
- Is not a law that forces landlords to provide non-smoking accommodations.
While provincial and municipal laws provide Ontarians with extensive protection from second-hand smoke in enclosed workplaces and public places, many people are still exposed to unwanted second-hand smoke in residential multi-unit housing. According to the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, about 1/3rd of multi-unit housing residents are exposed to second-hand smoke coming from outside their units.
Adopting a smoke-free policy saves money and prevents property damage. It also develops happier tenants and a healthier building.
A Landlord & Property Manager’s Guide to Smoke-Free Housing is available for download.