Smoke-Free Properties Benefit Renters and Landlords Alike

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Iowa’s Smoke-Free Homes Registry Includes More Than 1,000 Properties

Location, size and access to shopping are common things many residents consider when choosing a rental property. Protecting their family’s health should also be a consideration. Choosing to rent in a smoke-free building is the healthy living choice. Even if you don’t personally smoke, secondhand smoke from other renters, along with its health impacts, travels through all the units in a multi-unit building.

It is clear renters prefer smoke-free housing. More than 80 percent of all Iowans are non-smokers and 74 percent of Iowa renters say they would choose to live in a non-smoking building.

Smoke free buildings benefit both the renter and the property owner. “Landlords who choose to go smoke-free receive free advertising on the Iowa Smoke-Free Homes Registry and they save money,” said Amy Doerrfeld, Certified Prevention Specialist at the Area Substance Abuse Council. “On average, landlords pay $1,322 more to renovate a unit whose previous tenant was a smoker versus a unit of a non-smoker.”

There are more than 1,000 smoke-free rental properties listed on the Smoke-Free Homes Registry; a property must have at least one building that is 100 percent smoke-free and must have this specified in the lease language. Residents of a smoke-free property who use tobacco are given information about Quitline Iowa to help them quit smoking. To see the properties listed on the registry, visit https://smokefreehomes.iowa.gov. For assistance in having your property go smoke-free, email smokefreehomes@idph.iowa.gov or call 515-281-6225.