How to survive a smoking household as a non-smoker?
November 1, 2011 2:58 PM Subscribe
I've moved into a new shared-house living situation, and contrary to what the live-in manager explicitly told me, the roomies smoke cigarettes in the house. I'm not a smoker and tobacco smoke really bothers me. What to do?
posted by hackwolf to Human Relations (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've just started renting one room of a multi-bedroom house in Seattle where I have three other roommates, the landlord and two others. I specifically asked the landlord if anybody smoked tobacco before signing the lease, and he said no. I did not, however, get that in writing. The lease is only for six months, after which I'm out of here, but I'm wondering what my options are in the interim.
I found the landlord's girlfriend smoking in the living room the day I moved my stuff in, and since then I've found one of the other roomies smoking cigs in the living room too. I'm not there that often, so I don't know if I just happen to show up when they're smoking or if this is a regular thing, but it seems to be the latter. I don't think they're chain-smoking, it seems to be one or two at a time and the smell mostly clears out in a few hours, but I really don't like the smell of cigarettes and I really don't like the thought of it getting in all my clothes and gear. The smell doesn't get into my room too much because I've closed off the heating vent and my room is in the far back corner of the house, but I'm worried that as the days get colder there's going to be more and more indoor smoking and less and less ventilation in this place. I've emailed the landlord about it but gotten no response (he's out of town). I haven't confronted the roommates yet because I've only met them once each and didn't want to start a confrontation within five minutes of meeting them.
1) Is there any way to keep the cigarette smell out of my room and out of all of my stuff as I ride out the six months and look for a better situation?
2) Do I have any legal recourse for getting my non-refundable deposit back if I break the lease and leave early?
3) Any other suggestions for managing this situation?
Demographic info: all-male household, 20s to early 30s. Finances: The money is probably a bigger deal for them than it is for me.