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 For assistance in having your property go smoke-free, email or call 515-281-6225.