Creating Smoke-free Rental Homes and Apartments

A smoke-free home is a healthier home.  Smoke-free apartments and rental properties are also better for a landlord's bottom line.Tired of paying expenses like cleaning and refurbishing a smoker's unit? Going smoke free may help you see a reduction in maintenance and turnover costs. Smoking units often can require additional time and effort to repaint and replace carpets and drapes.  By going smoke free you can reduce or eliminate these expenses altogether.

Here are some resources to help you implement a smoke-free policy at your rental property:

Going Smoke Free:  Good for Business, Good for Health
Presentation to Landlords by Metropolitan Housing Coalition
What are my legal rights?
Common Myths and Facts about smoke free housing.
Fact Sheet
There is No Constitutional Right to Smoke 
Sample Lease Addendum 
Sample Tenant Survey
Sample Letter to Inform Tenants of Lease and Rule Change

Other Helpful Resources:

Watch this video to hear from a landlord and apartment resident. Click here.

American Lung Association Smoke-free Housing Steps for Success

CDC: Healthy Homes Manual: Smoke-free Policies in Multiunit Housing

Download the Healthy Hometown Smoke Free Homes logo and add it to your marketing materials.

HUD Smoke Free Housing Toolkit for Owners & Managers

Host a smoking cessation class on your property for your tenants. The Kentucky Cancer Program can work with you to schedule a class and a facilitator. Call (502) 852-6318. You can also contact the Department of Public Health and Wellness to schedule a class or to provide guidance or assistance in helping you implement smoke free homes and buildings. Contact us at (502) 574-5313 or (502) 574-6585.

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