Even if you yourself pledge to keep your apartment smoke free, sometimes your neighbors don’t follow suit, and its very easy to consume secondhand smoke from a neighboring unit. Most of the newer buildings in and around Seattle are smoke free, but nevertheless, some folks don’t always follow the rules. There are a few courses of action you can take to try to persuade your neighbor not to smoke indoors, or closer than 25 feet from your unit. You can remind your landlord of the economic costs of smoke damage to the unit.
Cigarette smoke can cause significant damage to the interior walls, and according to Zillow, is the number one cause of home fires in the US. You can also see if your apartment manager is willing to take steps to make your unit airtight, and to seal off those areas where smoke might be coming in. Areas like around light fixtures, small gaps under the doors, and electrical outlets can be sealed with silicone caulking or insulation foam. Every renter is entitled to what is called “peaceful enjoy” of their apartment, and if you’re feeling like this isn’t being fulfilled, its your right to take action.