The San Carlos City Council is adopting a ban on smoking in multifamily housing that includes a 14-month phase-in period secured by CAA. The California Apartment Association worked with the city to craft an ordinance that protects renters against the harmful effects of second-hand smoke while giving tenants who smoke time to adjust their habits. “You are trying to change their behavior, you’re not trying to evict the residents,” said Rhovy Lyn Antonio, CAA’s vice president of public affairs, as reported by the San Mateo Daily Journal.
Multifamily properties in unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County are smoke-free as of Sunday, July 1. In March, the county Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the Contra Costa County Secondhand Smoke Ordinance, which prohibits smoking inside multifamily properties with two or more units. Although the ordinance takes effect July 1, property owners and operators have until July 1, 2019, to amend house rules and make the necessary transition to smoke-free housing before fines can be imposed. CAA Contra Costa does not oppose the efforts of local jurisdictions to promote smoke-free housing and protect residents from secondhand smoke. CAA Contra Costa… Read More
The Redwood City City Council on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in multifamily communities. The ordinance applies to properties with more than two units and includes a ban on smoking inside units and all common areas. The smoking ordinance will officially take effect Jan. 1, 2019, for existing units and Jan. 1, 2018, for newly constructed units with a certificate of occupancy after Jan. 1, 2018. CAA Tri-County does not oppose the efforts to promote smoke-free housing and protect residents from secondhand smoke.
After addressing CAA’s concerns, the cities of San Bruno and South San Francisco have approved ordinances prohibiting smoking inside multifamily units and common areas. On Nov. 9, the South San Francisco City Council approved the second reading of its ordinance after adopting clarifications and other requests from the California Apartment Association, Tri-County Division. Those revisions include the following, which provide clarity and minimize impacts to property owners and operators: Phase-in period of up to 12 months Ability for owners to create designated smoking areas No requirements of installing customized signage inside apartment units
After working with the apartment industry, the Burlingame City Council on Tuesday, July 7, voted to prohibit smoking inside multifamily units. The 4-1 vote came after four months of discussions between the California Apartment Association’s Tri-County Division and the city. CAA Tri-County’s objective centered on drafting an ordinance that would achieve Burlingame’s goal of protecting multifamily residents from second-hand smoke while also offering the clarity needed to minimize impacts on rental property owners and managers. After receiving feedback from CAA Tri-County and multiple conversations with city leaders, the adopted ordinance: Gives property owners and managers the option of designating an… Read More
The Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday postponed its vote to ban smoking in multifamily residences, opting instead to rework parts of the proposal so that it’s more amenable to the apartment industry. The council had received numerous letters from local property owners, and a few voiced their concerns at Tuesday’s meeting. For the past few months, the California Apartment Association, including its North Coast Division, has worked closely with the city to develop an ordinance that balances the needs of rental property owners and the health and safety needs of residents. CAA believes, however, that the ordinance as drafted… Read More
Proposal needs clarity, consistency before adoption A proposed ban on smoking in Santa Rosa apartment communities contains an unreasonably aggressive timeline and fails to offer landlords clear direction regarding their responsibilities. The California Apartment Association is calling on the Santa Rosa City Council to revise the draft ordinance, which it will consider at its meeting next week. CAA also is urging its members to write letters to council members, and if possible, attend the council meeting, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Santa Rosa City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave. Over the past several months, CAA… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s work with San Mateo County has helped shape an ordinance that protects residents from smoking while limiting the liability of rental property owners. The county, including the Board of Supervisors and county counsel, partnered with CAA Tri-County since May 2013 to protect property owners’ and managers’ interests in the regulations. This resulted in wording amenable to the industry because it provides: Liability protection. The ability to designate a smoking area. A 14-month phase-in period. No requirements to post “No Smoking” signage in each unit. The ordinance, approved by supervisors on a 4-1 vote Tuesday, Oct. 21,… Read More