Reduce Operating Costs
- By going smoke-free, you can avoid full replacements of carpeting, floors, fixtures, walls, seals and major appliances less often.
- Turn-around times are reduced between tenants.
- Many insurance companies will decrease your property-casualty insurance for creating a smoke-free property.
- Fire risk is significantly reduced (smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths between 2012 and 2016).
Attract More Tenants
- The number of people who smoke continues to decline – about 15.5 percent of American adults currently smoke. So it stands to reason that the other portion of our population would prefer to live in a smoke-free environment.
- Up to 65 percent of an apartment’s air can come from other units in the building – secondhand smoke drifts, and no ventilation, air purification or wall sealing system can prevent it.
- It should be noted that all public housing properties have been smoke-free as of July 31, 2018. This means that the 2 million people who live in these buildings have safer, cleaner, healthier places to call home.
HOW TO GO SMOKE-FREE
Renting smoke-free is a growing trend in multi-unit housing. A smoke-free policy is legal, and is NOT discriminatory. Owners/managers can designate individual units, entire buildings (recommended), all units (recommended) or an entire campus (recommended) and are required by Nebraska state law to designate any multi-unit housing enclosed common spaces (hallways, entryways, courtyards, workout rooms, etc.) to be free of secondhand smoke.Smoke-Free Housing toolkit for landlords
Property owner obligations
It is legal for apartment managers/owners to designate any space on the property as smoke- and/or tobacco-free, and impose fines or disciplinary action up to and including lease termination, with a signed lease addendum.
People who smoke/use tobacco products are not protected under state or federal anti-discrimination laws.
Tenants who experience medical asthma or other respiratory diseases can take legal action against a property owner(s) who does not take adequate measures to protect those residents from secondhand smoke.
For assistance with implementing a smoke- and/or tobacco-free policy in Douglas County, contact:
MOTAC at (402) 996-8428 via
Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare
4715 S 132nd Street | Omaha, NE | 68137
Emily Ortner – (402) 546-0881
Douglas County Health Department
Natalia Trinidad – Español (402) 552-6819
Maurer College of Public Health
UNMC, Center for Reducing Health Disparities
40th & Dewey Streets | Omaha, NE | 68198
For assistance with implementing a smoke- and/or tobacco-free policy in Sarpy/Cass Counties, contact:
T.E.A.M. at (402) 593-3647
CHI Health Midlands Hospital
11111 S. 84th St, Suite 5044 | Papillion, NE | 68046
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