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Smoke-free Housing

GOOD FOR HEALTH, GREAT FOR BUSINESS

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DECREASE TURNOVER COSTS

According to an 18-month study done by the American Lung Association, the costs of turning over a unit where people smoked can range from $5,500 to $12,000, versus $500 to $2,500 for a non-smoking unit.

2

HIGHER RENTS

Tenants tend to pay more for properties with a smoke-free policy.

3

REDUCED CLEANING COSTS

Smoke-free housing reduces cleaning and maintenance costs inside and outside the housing facilities.

4

IMPROVED RESALE VALUE

Recent research suggests that smoke-free apartment buildings may have increased re-sale value, should you ever decide to sell your building. 4

5

PREFERRED BY TENANTS

The majority of tenants prefer to live in smoke-free housing. 90% of Alaskans do not allow smoking in their homes. 2

REDUCES LIABILITIES AND FIRE RISK

6

REDUCES FHA COMPLAINT

Tenants affected by secondhand smoke are protected by the Fair Housing Act and may file a complaint for “reasonable" accommodations

7

REDUCES LIABLITIES

Housing owners may be legally liable for allowing secondhand smoke to harm others

8

LEGALLY SOUND

Smokers are not a protected class under the Fair Housing Laws.

There is no constitutional or judicially recognized “right to smoke” in a multi-unit dwelling – whether the dwelling is privately owned or is public housing.

Smoke-free housing policies are legal and allowed under Federal and Alaska law.

9

REDUCE FIRE RISKS

Allowing smoking in your building can increase the fire risk.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of fires in multi-unit housing.

1/3 of all fire fatalities in 2006 in Alaska were cause by smoking.

downloadable resources

@ Alaska Smoke-Free Housing