Any smoker or even ex-smoker would sympathise with the desire to be able to relax indoors while you puff away at a cigarette instead of braving all weathers to get a tobacco fix outdoors. But nowadays, smoking isn’t as widely accepted as it once was. Who can remember the days when people lit up anywhere and everywhere? Times have certainly changed! What Do you need to know if you’re wondering how living in a Hobart rental property will affect your smoking habit?
First up: Check the Lease Agreement
A property owner is entitled to stipulate that there should be no smoking in a rental property. There are several reasons why they might do so. In the first place, there’s the matter of the smoke smell. It tends to linger, and it can be quite hard to get rid of. Since a landlord will probably start looking for a new tenant before you move out, the smell of tobacco could put off prospective new tenants.
Then too, although most smokers are careful with their ciggies, we’ve also come across some who aren’t. We once had to clean up a place where the tenant had left smouldering cigarettes balanced on all kinds of surfaces during his tenancy: wooden countertops, even the edge of the bath and the basin. The cigarettes had burned into these surfaces and the resulting repairs were quite extensive.
Finally, although it’s an outside chance, falling asleep with a burning cigarette or leaving one unattended can lead to fires. These are valid reasons why a property owner might choose to forbid indoor smoking in a lease agreement.
Next, There are the Smoke Alarms
It’s part of every landlord’s duty to ensure that there are strategically-placed smoke alarms in his or her Hobart rental property before allowing tenants to move in. Imagine lighting up only to find that every fire alarm in the house suddenly goes crazy? It can happen! Modern fire alarm systems are quite sensitive and they might decide your curl of ciggie smoke is a slow-burning house fire and sound the alarm to evacuate.
Once you’ve calmed your entire family down and have got them back indoors, you might be tempted to disable the fire alarm system – but that’s a really bad idea. Not only will it make you liable for damages if there is a fire, it will also place you and your family at risk.
Just how important working smoke alarms are was brought home in 2014 when 11 people died in a house fire in Queensland. The lack of working smoke alarms is believed to have been a major contributing factor in the tragedy.
Hobart Rental Homes: Wisest to Smoke Outdoors
This brings us to the bottom line: can you smoke in a Hobart rental home? If your lease doesn’t say you may not do so, and you can find a well-ventilated place where the smoke won’t set off the alarm, go ahead. However, you may lose something off your bond owing to cleaning expenses to get rid of any lingering tobacco odours.
All in all, we’d recommend that you avoid smoking indoors. While it’s certainly true that there will be times when it’s uncomfortable to do so, you can comfort yourself with the knowledge that observing an outdoor smoking rule will help you to smoke less – and your family won’t be exposed to second-hand smoke, so it’s good for them too.
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