A Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing Ordinance throughout Riverside County would address this issue by requiring multi-unit housing, including individual units, to be smoke-free
Condominium boards and associations have the legal right to make their condominium property smoke-free, just as they are free to prohibit pets.
Smoke-free policies are legal to adopt. Owners and landlords can play a role in eliminating a significant cause of illness in the home and a major cause of preventable death in the United States: secondhand smoke.
Smoke-free housing policies can benefit owners. It can cost nearly $5,000, on average, in annual costs to properly prepare a multi-unit property such as apartments or homes with shared walls, floors or ceilings for new tenants if the previous occupants smoked.
Additionally, if you have a medical condition made worse by secondhand smoke, disability laws might help address the problem or even force your landlord to make a change.
The Surgeon General has stated there is no such thing as a "free risk" level of exposure from secondhand smoke, eliminating indoor smoking is the only way to protect non smokers from harmful effects of tobacco smoke.
CA State of Tobacco Control- Riverside County's City Ratings
Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheet- CDC
"How Disability Laws Can Help Tenants Suffering from Drifting Tobacco Smoke" -Change Lab Solutions
Tenant Guide to Addressing Secondhand Smoke (Spanish)
Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Model Ordinance
Regulating Cannabis Smoking in Multi-Unit Housing
Regulating Smoking in Multi-Unit Housing- PHLC
Model Smoke-Free Lease Addendum – PHLC
Model Smoke-Free Lease Addendum – ANRF
Model Smoke-Free Condominium Policy - PHLC
Smoking Policy Addendum – California Apartment Association (requires membership)
Notifying Tenants about the No Smoking Policy
Notification Letter to Multi-Unit Housing Providers
Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Equitable Enforcement Strategies - PHLC
Promoting Smoke-Free Policy Compliance: Tips for Managers - Clean Air for All
Example FAQ Page for Cities with SFMUH policy
City of Berkeley
City of Beverly Hills
Addressing Secondhand Smoke: Tobacco and Cannabis Smoke in Multi-Unit Housing (02/21)
Smoke-Free Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: Policy Examples and Local Perspectives (05/21)
Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Basics and Best Practices (8/21)
Links to Organizations
American Lung Association (ALA)
American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Public Health Law Center (PHLC)