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Old 11-15-2013, 03:58 PM
 
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I was on the Renting forum and there is a thread regarding smoking versus non-smoking apartment buildings and complexes. Apparently this is common in a lot of places. While I have owned my home for many years (thus not being in the rental market), I have never heard of apartment complexes that would limit smoking in private areas, within the confines of your apartment.

Is this common in NoVa?

I'm not referring to private rentals, which I know have been trending towards "no smoking", but buildings and complexes.

And lest this thread develop into a "smokers vs. non-smokers" thread, I think we can all agree that smelling cigarette smoke is gross. No one likes it, even those who smoke. But I just curious if many buildings no longer allow it anywhere?
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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I don't know about NoVA, but I can say I rented at a large apartment building in center city Philadelphia and it was a violation of your lease to smoke in your apartment. There was a common area in a courtyard where you were allowed to smoke. The last two complexes at which I rented (the most recent one being in NoVA), there were no such smoking restrictions.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:50 PM
 
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I guess the question this raises for me is how would they regulate it? If a tenant closes their door and smokes in their apartment or bedroom, how can anyone know?
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I guess the question this raises for me is how would they regulate it? If a tenant closes their door and smokes in their apartment or bedroom, how can anyone know?
They charge you enormous fees upon move out when they can smell the smoke in your carpets.

I'm pretty sure my apartment complex was non-smoking several years ago. People would smoke on their little balconies.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:55 PM
 
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They charge you enormous fees upon move out when they can smell the smoke in your carpets.

I'm pretty sure my apartment complex was non-smoking several years ago. People would smoke on their little balconies.
You can have the carpets professionally cleaned before moving out
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:46 AM
 
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You can have the carpets professionally cleaned before moving out
You would have to for walls painted and ducts cleaned as smoke sticks everywhere.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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You can have the carpets professionally cleaned before moving out
And the walls repainted?

My FIL quit smoking months ago. When we went to visit him, he was very proud of how fresh and clean the house smelled. It didn't - the smell of cigarettes was very noticeable to me. He shampooed the carpets, the upholstery, washed all the linens & curtains, wiped down all surfaces. The house was extremely clean but the smell was still there. (Of course, I agreed with him because we are so pleased that he's finally stopped. It was causing some serious health issues for him.)

If smokers think they are hiding their habit from anyone, they are delusional.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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You can have the carpets professionally cleaned before moving out
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You would have to for walls painted and ducts cleaned as smoke sticks everywhere.
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And the walls repainted?
The house was extremely clean but the smell was still there.

If smokers think they are hiding their habit from anyone, they are delusional.
Gotta agree. Once you smoke inside a building or a car, the smell is there forever. It just doesn't go away.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Annandale, VA
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I guess the question this raises for me is how would they regulate it? If a tenant closes their door and smokes in their apartment or bedroom, how can anyone know?

The maintenance people have the right to enter your apartment at times to check filters, fire alarms or other routine things and will smell the smoke and report back to the leasing office.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:33 AM
 
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I guess the question this raises for me is how would they regulate it? If a tenant closes their door and smokes in their apartment or bedroom, how can anyone know?
That stuff totally goes through walls, windows, ventilation systems and so on. I once lived above a heavy smoker, and parts of our apartment constantly smelled like stale smoke.

And to the posters above who talked about walls and carpet smell - my mom lived with a smoker, and when he passed away (from lung cancer), she had to replace every single carpet and curtain, plus paint the walls before most of the smell was gone. Most.
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