Smoke-free strata living
The NSW Cancer Council has put together a free information kit for strata title accommodation owners, agents and tenants. The information kit aims to: increase awareness of the health, legal and financial benefits of 100% smoke-free housing; inform NSW strata title owners, agents and tenants about ways to address the problem of second-hand smoke in apartment blocks and other types of multi-unit housing such as townhouses, condominiums and villas; and to contribute to the increased availability of smoke-free housing options in NSW.
The Kit contains a great deal of useful information and the contents can be accessed below by following the links:
Landlords/Owners/Agents can take the following actions:
- If a property owner in a multi-unit development does not own the entire development, this owner should seek the support of the owners’ corporation to establish a strata by-law that prohibits smoking throughout the entirety of the development
- In advocating to the owners’ corporation, the owner should provide members of the corporation with information on the health, legal, and financial benefits of adopting a smoke-free by-law.
- If a by-law is established, provide notice to tenants of any decision to introduce the smoke-free building policy and that it will apply to all indoor areas.
- Include adherence of the smoke-free policy as a condition of lease in any new or renewed rental leases.
- Include information about the smoke-free policy in any ‘for rent’ or ‘for sale’ advertising.
- Place ‘no smoking’ or ‘smoke-free area’ signs in strategic locations.
- Be ready to explain the reasons for the smoke-free policy to tenants and would-be tenants. Consider referring tenants to the Cancer Council information kit.
- If your property insurer does not already provide a discounted fee for insuring smoke-free properties, suggest to the insurer that they do so. Point out that a property in which smoking does not occur represents a lower financial risk to property insurers
To obtain a hard copy of the information kit contact the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.