GRAFTON, Mass. – Health Agent Lois Luniewicz frequently receives calls from apartment and condominium dwellers complaining about the smell of secondhand smoke in nearby units.
In Grafton, landlords and property managers are not required to make their properties smoke-free – but they may not realize, Luniewicz said, that may actually help them attract more tenants. To that end, the Grafton Health Department is sponsoring three sessions by Chris Banthin from the Northeastern University School of Law geared toward helping property managers understand the benefits of going smoke-free.
"A lot of landlords don't want to go there," Luniewicz said. "They feel they will have difficulty getting tenants. What they don't realize is there are a lot of people out there who would prefer it."
Luniewicz said she hears from them regularly when she fields calls from residents upset about smoke in the public hallways of their buildings or coming through the ventilation system from nearby apartments.
Banthin will give basic legal advice, provide a sample lease and condominium documents and share the latest market research on the demand for smoke-free properties.
Sessions will be held Monday, Oct. 1, at the South Grafton Community House at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
"We would like to see as many buildings as possible go smoke-free," Luniewicz said. "It is a health hazard to deal with secondhand smoke."
For more information, call the health department at 508-839-5335, ext. 128.