Many landlords and property owners are moving towards smoke-free properties to keep down costs and non-smoking tenants happy and healthy. When a tenant that has smoked inside the property does move out they often will leave behind stained walls, smelly carpets, and various other unpleasant details that accompany smoking indoors. Some tenants that aren't as careful may even leave scorch marks in the carpet, making cleaning it entirely impossible. Since smoking is not covered in the Federal Housing laws, many leases are changing to add the rule that the tenants may not smoke inside.
Auburn, NY is looking to potentially put this into effect in their subsidized housing. With 326 apartments it could save a considerable amount of money if they did not have to repaint after every tenant that chose to smoke or replace the carpet that, if there had been a non-smoker living there, likely would have been in good condition. They wouldn't be the first to make this move. The state of Maine has put this ban into effect already along with the cities of Toledo and Houston.
The Auburn Housing Authority has stated that their main reason for considering this is the fact that so many non-smoking tenants are being exposed to second-hand smoke.
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