Helps Tenants Make Informed Housing Choices
Mayor Bloomberg introduced a bill yesterday that would require owners of residential buildings with three or more units in New York City to inform prospective tenants and purchasers whether smoking is allowed inside apartments as well as on balconies, courtyards and rooftops. Building owners would also be encouraged to use this as an opportunity to alert current residents of their smoking policies.
The new law, which is similar to other disclosure policies such as a history of bed bugs or lead paint, would require landlords to provide a disclosure form to tenants and apartment purchasers stating the building’s smoking policy before a lease or sale is finalized. It is similar to laws that have been passed in Maine, Oregon, and several local jurisdictions. The law would not restrict smoking in private residences but enable all residents, including smokers and non-smokers, to know a building’s smoking policy before deciding where to live.