How Disability Laws Can Help Tenants Suffering from Drifting Tobacco Smoke

How Disability Laws Can Help Tenants Suffering from Drifting Tobacco Smoke

Fact sheet and sample letters

If secondhand smoke drifting into your apartment makes your existing medical condition worse, federal and state disability laws might help you address the problem. Depending on the nature of your disability, your landlord may be required to make changes to reduce your exposure to secondhand smoke.

ChangeLab Solutions developed this fact sheet to provide an overview of relevant disability laws and explain how to request a reasonable accommodation. The fact sheet includes a sample demand letter to a landlord and a sample note from a doctor, as well as a list of California’s fair housing councils.

We are grateful to the California Department of Public Health, California Tobacco Control Program, for continuing to fund this work! Download the fact sheet below, and be sure to check out our other resources on secondhand smoke. Contact us to learn more, subscribe to our news updates, and support our work!