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Every landlord knows that a good set of tools is important to keep their building in good working order. This section contains a few tools to make your transition to a smoke-free environment easier.

To get you started, here is an easy five-step process to go smoke-free:

1. Make a plan. Will you go totally smoke-free, or will certain wings of the building be smoke-free? Start by designating all public areas smoke-free. Then, review existing tenants' smoking status and begin creating smoke-free blocks of units and possibly all-smoking blocks of units.
2. Hold a Meeting. Gather with tenants to discuss the change. You can use our informative PowerPoint presentation to give the tenants all the necessary details. There may be resistance, but remember, all existing tenants have rights under their leases too.
3. Inform Tenants. Review the legal information concerning your rights and your tenants' rights by using this web site and printing out key pages, such as the Landlords Rights and Tenants' Rights pages.
4. Amend New Leases. Change the language of your lease to legally include your new smoke-free policy. When new tenants sign-on, your policy will be crystal clear.
5. Promote Your Status. Begin advertising your smoke-free status to gain new tenants who appreciate a clean air environment. It's easy with our downloadable signage. You can also post your smoke-free apartment buildings in the Smoke-Free Apartment Directory found on the renter's section of this website.
Our brief Fact Sheet provides concise information on why adopting a smoke-free apartment policy makes sense for landlords and tenants; it's also a good handout at meetings.