Economic Benefits

Transitioning an apartment property to become smoke-free can be profitable. Just look at the numbers. Property managers who implement no-smoking policies reduce their hard costs, bring in more residents and create better communities.

  1. Attract more tenants.
    • According to a 2016 survey of Arizona renters, seven in 10 renters would choose to live in a smoke-free apartment community over one where management allows smoking.
    • Three-quarters of Arizona renters agree it is OK for management to prohibit in-home smoking. In fact, over 40% of renters would even be willing to pay a little more to live in a smoke-free community.
  1. Save money by reducing the need for repairs.
    • Smoke causes serious property damage.  Manistee Manor, an apartment community in Glendale, AZ, found that it costs 10 times more to repair a smoked-in unit rented for 9.75 years.
    • According to a 2011 UCLA study, after implementing smoke-free policies, owners of California multi-family rental buildings could save up to $18 million a year on the cost of cleaning apartments vacated by tenants who smoke.   The average smoking-related cost per multi-family property was nearly $5,000, and the median cost was $2,000, over the past year.2
  1. Eliminate a preventable cause of residential fire.Every year, fires caused by cigarettes result in hundreds of millions in damages, and cause death and injury.  Smoking-material fires caused $621 million in property damage, 540 deaths, and 1640 injuries in 2011.3
  1. Potentially reduce your insurance premiums.Some insurance companies may offer property owners and residents discounts on general liability insurance premiums if they implement a no-smoking rule. No-smoking rules reduce the risk of fires, injury and death. Ask your broker.

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Over 40% of renters would be willing to pay more to live in a smoke-free community.