What is "Smokefree" Housing?

"Smokefree" has become shorthand for a policy that prohibits smoking in all or part of a property.

As fewer people smoke and more smokers smoke outside, finding a home with no evidence of smoking has become an important priority for today's renters and home buyers. According to the Oregon Lung Association, 91% of Oregonians prefer to live in housing with no history of cigarette smoke.

A “no smoking” rule is not illegal under fair housing law as long as the rule is enforced consistently. Smokers are not a protected class, and owners and managers have the right to restrict smoking to certain areas or ban it altogether on a property.”

Under fair housing law, a resident with a disability can request a reasonable accommodation or exception to a policy that permits smoking. A respiratory disability, such as asthma, that has a major impact on breathing, is considered a disability under fair housing law. This means a resident with asthma living in a building that permits smoking, may find the condition has worsened as a result of second-hand smoke. In this situation, the resident may request a reasonable accommodation from their landlord or HOA for assistance in alleviating the problem. This might involve assistance in relocating to a unit in a non-smoking building or possibly, establishing separate ventilation, or sealing off the unit to prevent the smoke from entering.

Visit http://www.smokefreehousinginfo.com/pages/SellingProperties.html for resources for home sellers preparing their homes for market and go to Realtors(R) to use with their clients and prospects.