A New Lease on Life: Landlords’ Right to Make Properties Smokefree

A New Lease on Life: Landlords’ Right to Make Properties Smokefree

A fact sheet about Civil Code section 1947.5

Smokefree housing policies have been common in California for several years; however, some landlords and tenants are confused about whether landlords have the right to adopt such policies.  

Civil Code section 1947.5 (sometimes known by its bill number, SB 332) allows landlords to make their properties 100 percent smokefree. This includes dwelling units, private balconies and patios, and all common areas. Civil Code section 1947.5 maintains that landlords must continue to follow all applicable local laws, such as rent control, and outlines additional requirements regarding what landlords need to do when adopting smokefree policies.

This fact sheet, developed by ChangeLab Solutions, contains information concerning Civil Code section 1947.5, including further detail on what the law does, requirements for landlords, and how the code affects leases and city ordinances. 

Be sure to check out our other resources on secondhand smoke and smokefree housing.