California landlords were granted the right to ban smoking in multi-family apartments and condos back in January, but many property owners have not applied the restriction. Towbes Group Inc. in Santa Barbara, CA recently decided to impose the nonsmoking policy in 13 apartment complexes, which include around 2000 units.
This is the largest portfolio in California to impose the no-smoking policy, which will take effect this month for Towbes Groups’ apartments located in Ventura, Goleta, Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara. According to Jim Carrillo, a Towbes Group Vice President, the restrictions will not only address secondhand smoke issues, but will help save costs for landlords. The cleaning process for vacant smoking units costs about twice the amount compared to non-smoking units.
“You can mask it with paint, but in order to totally remove the residue you have to scrape the walls”, said Carrillo. In addition, counter tops and cabinets may also require costly cleaning efforts. Carrillo felt even more inclined to impose the ban after spending $4000 on insulation in order to cover possible areas where smoke may enter non-smoking units.