Property Owner/Manager

Smoke-free housing is a growing trend in multi-family housing. According to the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), approximately 86% of residents in Sarpy and Cass County do not allow smoking inside their home.

Areas of multi-family housing units should already be smoke-free:

  • Entry or exit areas          
  • Gyms   
  • Laundry rooms 
  • Elevators            
  • Restrooms                                                         
  • Common traffic areas
  • Lobby areas       
  • Indoor swimming pools                                
  • Recreational rooms

Benefits of smoke-free housing

  • Smoke-free policies can save money. Tobacco smoke causes a tremendous amount of damage to the inside of an apartment.  The cost of rehabilitating a smoke-free unit can be up to seven times less than that of a smoking unit.
  • A smoke-free policy protects the health of tenants and employees.
  • Renters prefer smoke-free housing. According to a survey of Douglas County residents, more than 70% of renters are likely to choose non-smoking housing over a similar option that allows smoking.
  • Smoke-free policies reduce the risk of smoking-related fires.

Property Owner Rights

  • It is legal for apartment managers/owners to designate common areas, certain apartments or all of the apartments in a building as smoke-free.
  • People who smoke are not protected under state and national anti-discrimination laws.
  • Property owners have the legal right to restrict or prohibit smoking in their building(s), just as they are free to prohibit pets.
  • Tenants who suffer from asthma or other respiratory diseases can take legal action against a property owner who does not take adequate measures to protect those residents from secondhand smoke.

Making a Smoke-Free Change

  1. Survey your tenants.
  2. Set a time frame for the change.
  3. Educate tenants of change and cessation services.
  4. Introduce new leases or addendums.
  5. Post signs.

TFS is gathering information from multi-family housing property owners/managers in Sarpy County. If you are a property owner/manager please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. If you have questions about the survey, please call (402) 593-3022.

Interested in making your property tobacco-free? Contact TFS for your free tool kit!