Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Landlords may have to scope tenants for smoking; what next?

Here’s a good one: “Condo leakage: no smoking in your own apartment,” in a whimsical article by Saletan on Slate.com Oct. 2, (link).

There is a lawsuit in Texas against an ex-neighbor and landlord for second hand smoke that somehow came from a neighboring apartment, (story by Scott Farwell in the Dallas Morning News), another in a New York City condo, and a couple years ago Belmont CA outlawed smoking in apartments with shared ceilings or walls.

Will landlords have to start banning smokers or checking perspective tenants through b.i. services for cigarette smoking? How far can this kind of thing go?

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