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Smoke-Free Housing - Landlords and Property Owners

Can you picture your property smoke-free? You can make it happen. When you use a standard lease with a smoke-free policy in your buildings, you’ll save money, prevent damage and meet market demand! Get started.

 
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Implement a no-smoking policy

Get started with these helpful resources. If you have questions or need support, please call the Middlesex-London Health Unit Smoke-Free Information Line at 519-663-5317 or email smokefreeinfo@mlhu.on.ca.

Standard Lease Template

A no smoking clause can be included when using the new Standard Lease template.

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Contact Us

Middlesex-London Health Unit Smoke-Free Information Line:

 

Benefits of Smoke-Free Housing2

With an increase in support and demand for smoke-free multi-unit housing, adopting a no-smoking policy is not only legal but also good for business.

Reduces the risk of fire and related damage

  • Tobacco related materials are the #1 cause of fatal residential fires3
  • No-smoking policies may reduce insurance costs

Reduces the maintenance and cleaning costs of turning over a unit

  • The cost of cleaning a smoking unit can be 2-3 more than a non-smoking unit

Increases marketability

  • The easier it is to clean a unit, the sooner the unit can be back on the market
  • Smoke-free units have a higher resale value
  • Units and buildings with fire damage can be off the market for long periods of time

Smoke-Free Ontario Act

Under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) it is illegal to smoke tobacco or cannabis and use an e-cigarette to vape any substance in the common areas (such as lobbies, elevators, stairwells, covered parking garages and hallways) of condominiums, apartments or post-secondary residence buildings.


No Smoking and No Vaping Signs

Property owners/managers must ensure that No Smoking Signs (PDF) and No E-Cigarette Use (No Vaping) signs or combined No Smoking/No Vaping signs are posted on all entrances and throughout the building’s common areas. No smoking and no vaping signs can be obtained at no cost by contacting the Middlesex-London Health Unit. 

There is no law that regulates smoking or vaping in a private, self-contained unit such as an apartment or condominium.

However, landlords and property owners have the legal right to protect their investment and offer smoke-free housing. The good news is that the majority of those living in Ontario do not smoke and would choose smoke-free housing, if given the choice.1


Smoke-Free Housing Directory

Are you already offering smoke-free housing? Add your property/building(s) to the smoke-free housing directory. This will help people find smoke-free housing in their community.

Contact the Middlesex-London Health Unit

  • Get no smoking and no vaping signs at no cost.
  • Obtain a certificate acknowledging your efforts in going 100% smoke-free or working towards a smoke-free living space.

Smoke-Free Housing Ontario

For more information, please visit Smoke-Free Housing Ontario. This website includes some great resources and tools for landlords and propery owners.

 
Date of creation: January 8, 2013
Last modified on: December 18, 2019

References

1Ipsos Reid. (2010). Smoke-Free Housing Ontario: Multi-Unit Dwelling Second-Hand Smoke Survey. Retrieved from
http://smokefreehousingon.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/ipsos-reid-final-report.pdf
2Smoking and Health Action Foundation. (2014) Smoke-Free Policies Make Good Dollars and Sense: The Business Case for Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing. Toronto, ON Retrieved from
https://smokefreehousingon.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Business_Case_for_S-F_Housing_2014-FINAL.pdf
3Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services. (December 2017). Ontario Fatal Fires: 10 years, 2007-2016 Retrieved from
http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/FireMarshal/MediaRelationsandResources/FireStatistics/OntarioFatalities/FatalFiresSummary/stats_fatal_summary.html