Hannah Desmo…, Renter in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Can condos ban smoking?

Asked by Hannah Desmond, Fort Lauderdale, FL Wed May 22, 2013

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Policies or ordinances that restrict smoking in multi-unit housing can target different areas of the complex. A local ordinance or policy could

•Prohibit smoking in all indoor common areas, such as hallways, lobbies, storage areas, and laundry facilities. (If these areas are enclosed workplaces, they are already required to be smokefree in California under California Labor Code section 6404.5, the state smokefree workplace law.)
•Prohibit smoking in outdoor common areas, such as a swimming pool, barbeque area, and parking lot.
•Prohibit smoking in all units, including individual balconies and patios.
•Prohibit smoking in a certain percentage of units in a building and group these units together to create a smokefree wing or floor.

Those who wish to pursue smokefree housing policies can work with landlords, condo associations, and local governments to help protect residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 23, 2013
Condo's can do practically anything they want. I have seen guidence about smoking, parking, pets, etc, etc. the original doc's are generally the guiding document. It is hard to change those.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 27, 2013
Policies or ordinances that restrict smoking in multi-unit housing can target different areas of the complex. A local ordinance or policy could

•Prohibit smoking in all indoor common areas, such as hallways, lobbies, storage areas, and laundry facilities. (If these areas are enclosed workplaces, they are already required to be smokefree in California under California Labor Code section 6404.5, the state smokefree workplace law.)
•Prohibit smoking in outdoor common areas, such as a swimming pool, barbeque area, and parking lot.
•Prohibit smoking in all units, including individual balconies and patios.
•Prohibit smoking in a certain percentage of units in a building and group these units together to create a smokefree wing or floor.

Those who wish to pursue smokefree housing policies can work with landlords, condo associations, and local governments to help protect residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 23, 2013
Can you be more specific - do you mean ban smoking only in the common areas or also in your own unit? There are always exceptions to just about everything. Most condo documents would require the majority of votes to pass such a moratorium but your condo may be an exception which the majority of the votes may not have the power to impose such a personal law.

Check with your condo documents and call the FL Condo Ombudsman office for clarification.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 22, 2013
If it's in the agreement or if the association votes it in, absolutely! I've even seen situations where condos have banned alcohol as well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 22, 2013
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