How should I deal with my non-smoking neighbors?
January 15, 2014 5:47 PM Subscribe
I moved into a sixplex that several friends I have lived in. Everything is great, except my neighbors smoke despite the building being non-smoking. I typically do not notice at all unless someone is having a party and a large group is smoking. Going into the building I knew the residents smoked, even though it was against the lease. Should I go to the landlord or deal with it?
posted by geoff. to Human Relations (11 answers total)
The landlord knows too, as I've seen him do maintenance with my neighbor's ashtrays clearly visible. I've asked my neighbors, kindly and several times, to open a window or have guests smoke outside. It really is only when you have 2+ people smoking in the same unit that I smell it. And it can get bad, especially if they're partying. I'm the only one in the building that does not smoke. I had no idea that it was this bad. I have asked my neighbors, several times, to open a window or smoke outside if they're having company over. Being 2013, asking someone not to smoke indoors is not a crazy request. However, this was met with a LOT of hostility. I'm the new kid on the block and my neighbors have all been here for 5+ years. I can why this might be disruptive for them.
How should I handle this? I feel as if I go to the landlord the situation with my neighbors will deteriorate and he will do no sort of follow up. He's already aware people smoke in my building, long term tenants, and it was hard to get into this building. I also fear that it will ostracize, which I'm usually not against but as the building is tight knit and I'm new, I do not want to cause too much commotion.
I realize it is cold out, but all I'm asking is a window be opened and people don't chain smoke. If I go into the hallway it smells even worse than my apartment. I come from a family of smokers, so I am not sensitive to smoke and I know what heavy smoking smells like. Part of me thinks there is no solution short of moving, which might be my solution. But I thought I'd at least reach out the community before doing something drastic.