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New NYC Smoking Policy Disclosure Law

New Policy Does Not Change Residential Rules Permitting or Banning Smoking, 
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.

4 comments:

  1. This is definitely a hot button issue. When smokers and nonsmokers are looking at NYC apartment rentals in the same building their stance on smoking boundaries put building owners in a tough positions.

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  2. A serious action should be taken by the community members of the NYC apartments so as to ban smoking completely in the area.

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  3. This is a big problem and many people do not want smokers near to their apartments. So, it can stop by the help of apartments meeting in NYC.

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  4. There should be restrictions upon smoking in certain places which can substantially improve the air quality in such establishments.

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