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.
Tenants tend to pay more for properties with a smoke-free policy.
Smoke-free housing reduces cleaning and maintenance costs inside and outside the housing facilities.
Recent research suggests that smoke-free apartment buildings may have increased re-sale value, should you ever decide to sell your building. 4
The majority of tenants prefer to live in smoke-free housing. 92% of Alaskans do not allow smoking in their homes. 73% of Alaskans who currently smoke prohibit smoking in their homes. 2
Tenants affected by secondhand smoke are protected by the Fair Housing Act and may file a complaint for “reasonable" accommodations
Housing owners may be legally liable for allowing secondhand smoke to harm others
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.
Allowing smoking in your building can increase the fire risk.
Smoking materials are a leading cause of home structure fires, fire-related injuries and deaths, and fire-related property damage nationally. 6