[VIDEO] FAQ: Can I Say “No Smoking” in My Property?
January 17, 2018
“A Smoker Can Cost a Landlord 10% of Their Profit”
Smoking is one of the most costly and damaging events that can happen inside a rental property.
Keeping your property smoke-free is more than just controlling a nuisance—it’s protecting the health and well-being of other tenants and neighbors. A smoke-free property also means you’ll have less smell and staining to deal with after the tenants move out.
Landlord’s Right to Designate a Property “Smoke Free”
The state of Arizona support’s a landlord’s right to designate his or her rental property as smoke-free. Smokers are not a protected legal class and smoking is not a right, so laws can not stop a landlord from implementing regulations and restrictions about smoking.
If your tenant is smoking and you have a no smoking policy you will want to notify of them of the violation and document it with a “No Smoking Notice.”
Refusing to Rent to Smokers – Is it Legal?
As a landlord you can refuse to rent to smokers. In other words, you can reject an application if you are told that the applicant intends to smoke in your rental property.
So, if you are interested in keeping your rental property 100% smoke-free, it is not illegal for you to refuse smoking tenants. It is your right and responsibility to set up and maintain your property the way you want, as long as it is legal.