While provincial and municipal laws protect Ontarians from second-hand smoke in enclosed workplaces and public spaces, many residents are still being exposed to unwanted second-hand smoke in their multi-unit residential residences. Smoking rates in Ontario are on the decrease, with about 20% of our population currently smoking. The demand for smoke-free buildings and rental units is on the rise, and very little rentals are currently 100% smoke-free. This is a huge opportunity for landlords and property managers to separate their rental units from the competition and adopt a non-smoking policy.
Landlords and property managers may not realize the important role they can play in helping Ontario housing become smoke-free to further protect our province from the known health risks of exposure to second-hand smoke.
A smoke-free environment is extremely important to many potential tenants and could be used as a valuable marketing tool for your rental properties. There is no doubt, demand for smoke-free rentals in on the rise in Ontario. By adopting a smoke-free policy now, you can stay ahead of the competition and appeal to a wide-range of tenants looking for smoke-free rental options. The benefits to your tenants’ health and safety are clear; this will increase the indoor air quality and ultimately make for a healthier environment for all.
To clarify, a non-smoking policy is entirely legal. The policy does not prohibit smokers from renting your property, does not force tenants to quit smoking and you cannot evict current smokers. Implementing a non-smoking policy is easy to do, provide a marketing opportunity to separate you from the competition and will ultimately save you money.
Smoke-Free Housing Ontario is an organization that is encouraging landlords and property managers to adopt a non-smoking policy in their rental properties across the province. There are many options that landlords are taking to adopting these polices including additional clauses in tenant lease agreements that forbids smoking within the unit, part of the building, the entire building or the entire property. As landlords and property managers, we have the choice to take action toward a healthier Ontario and go above and beyond the Ontario smoke-free legislation.
You can visit Smoke-Free Housing Ontario’s website for tips to implement a smoke-free policy in your rental units and make the transition easy for all involved. http://www.smokefreehousingon.ca/sfho/landlords.html
Let’s work together to protect the health and well-being of our current and future residents for a healthier, happier Ontario!