Although the Smoke-Free Ontario Act does not prohibit smoking in private homes or inside the apartments and condominiums of multi-unit dwellings, it does prohibit smoking in common areas of multi-unit dwellings.
There is a movement where tenants and landlords work together to create 100 per cent smoke-free apartments and multi-unit dwellings.
Huron County landlords wanting smoke-free buildings can simply specify in all new leases that the units are being rented as non-smoking. New tenants/condo or co-op buyers would then sign the lease or sales agreement acknowledging that they agree to abide by the No Smoking policy. Under the law, existing tenants cannot be forced to adhere to the new policy that is applicable to new tenants. As a result, making your building 100 per cent smoke-free would happen as units turnover from previous tenants to new ones.
Smoke-free buildings have a number of benefits, both to the health of tenants and to the maintenance of property. Cleaning and repair costs are reduced. It also decreases the risk of fire as smoking materials and open flames are the number one cause of fatal residential fires.
If you have a question please call us at 519.482.3416 or toll-free at 1.877.837.6143. Ask to speak to the tobacco enforcement officer on the Environmental Health team.