Smoke-Free at Home NM has been working hard for the last 6 years to increase the number of smoke free Multi-Unit Housing properties in New Mexico. We are here to support property owners and managers to adopt a smoke-free policy. Becoming a certified, smoke-free property is a good investment and easier than you may think! Is a Smoke-Free Policy Right for your Property?
– Up to 78% of tenants would prefer to live in a smoke-free property. – Many property managers are unaware that most renters would support a smoke-free policy. – We can help you talk to your tenants to determine whether they support a smoke-free policy. – No law prevents a smoke-free policy. – Smoking is not a protected activity, and being a smoker is not a protected status. It is not considered discrimination to adopt a smoke free policy. In Manhattan, a co-op apartment owner was recently ordered to pay over $120,000 in damages for failing to protect a tenant from second-hand smoke. http://gothamist.com/2016/03/03/secondhand_smoke_nyc.php The Department of Housing and Urban Development strongly recommends that all of its public housing authorities adopt a smoke-free policy, and is considering a rule that will require them to go smoke-free. Reduce costs: – Rehabilitating a heavy-smoking unit costs approximately $3,515 – while rehabilitating a non-smoking unit costs a fraction of that at $560. – Fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking devices causes approximately $90,000 fires a year, and over $600 million in property damage. Increase revenues: – Over 40% of renters are willing to pay more for a smoke-free property. – Many insurance companies offer discounts for smoke-free properties. Reduce Tenant Complaints and Protect Tenant and Employee Health: – Second-hand smoke is toxic. It is linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and is a leading trigger of asthma attacks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Property owners who have adopted a smoke-free policy see the number of complains and requests to transfer drop.Contact Smoke-Free at Home NM today, and we can help you with the following:
– Meet with residents – Provide lease addendum’s – Provide support during the transition process – Certify your property as smoke-free – Identify your property as smoke-free on our interactive map.