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How Disability Laws Can Help Tenants Suffering from Drifting Tobacco Smoke

Includes a sample doctor's note & demand letter

Fact Sheet
Tobacco Prevention

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.