How are smoke-free units more cost-effective?

Smoke-free units require less cleaning, which requires less time and money from management. Restoration firms estimate a $15,000 cost for smoking units.

Tar and cigarette particulates will attach to all surfaces within the unit, including walls, carpet, and blinds. These can often not be removed in spite of cleaning efforts.

Fire insurance premiums can decrease and will reduce the risk of financial loss due to fire.

Remember, a smoke-free policy does not mean that you cannot rent to smokers or are only limited to non-smoking tenants. It only means that smokers are not allowed to smoke in units and outdoor common areas. Smokers have become increasingly used to "no-smoking" areas. Complexes are allowed to restrict smoking anywhere on the premise, but others may also create an outdoor designated smoking area at least 20 feet away from operable doors or windows or other areas where smoking is prohibited.

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1. Why is secondhand smoke dangerous?
2. Why is secondhand smoke in apartments such a health hazard?
3. How are smoke-free units more cost-effective?
4. How do smoke-free buildings reduce management stress and tenant dissension?
5. Is it legal to prohibit smoking in private units? Can a manager face a lawsuit from an angry tenant who still wants to smoke in his unit?