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.

Add to the Smoke-free Housing Directory

If you already have a smoke-free policy in place, please let us know by completing this form. Once we have your information, will post it to our smoke-free housing directory. 

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