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Smoking To Be Banned Inside Grey County Housing Units

August 3rd, 2013 · 2 Comments · Grey County landlord

 (There used to be a generic ‘no smoking’ sign…it was just like a million others out there, but actually uglier than most)

New Smoking Ban Starts In 2014

According to an article in the Owen Sound Sun Times Grey County owned rental buildings will ban smoking inside units designed for residential use.

This was prompted by three separate fires in Grey County owned buildings in 2012.

Starting on January 1st, 2014 all leases agreements for not only new tenants but tenants transferring between units will have a “no smoking” clause.

Tenants who are already living in a residential building and not transferring will be allowed to continue to smoke inside as they will be “grandfathered in”.

Mr. Rod Wyatt is the Grey County housing director. He said this new policy will also lead to a ban on smoking outdoors if you are within 5m from any balconies, patios, doors or windows.

Grey County owns 888 residential units. About half are located in Owen Sound, with others in communities like Hanover, Flesherton, Dundalk and Meaford.

One unit was destroyed and two others were heavily damaged after a fire broke out May 25, 2012, at the Alpha St. townhouse complex in Owen Sound. No one was injured in the blaze.

Nearly two months later, fire crews responded to a blaze at county-owned Lemon Court at 85 Lemon St. in Thornbury. One unit was severely damaged. A tenant was taken to hospital as a precaution and two were displaced.

The third fire resulted in the death of an elderly man, which heavily damaged a unit Dec. 15 at the county-owned Maple Villa apartment complex at 81 Bruce St.

Wyatt said the July and December fires were both caused by “careless smoking.” The Alpha St. fire was ignited by a stove, but evidence of “unsafe smoking” was found in the unit, he said.

In an interview with the Sun Times Wyatt stated while they have been considering this new non-smoking plan for a couple of years the recent fires prompted the new rules.

He said the county has received an increased number of complaints from tenants about the impact of secondhand smoking.

The Smoke Free Ontario Act already bans people from smoking in common areas of multi-unit dwellings, which include hallways, lobbies, elevators and stairways.

Many small private residential landlords are wondering if government owned buildings can have the legal rights to implement this policy, why can’t small landlords also have the legal right to ban smoking? Secondhand smoke bothering tenants is yet another challenge landlords face.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • Lisa

    Why can the government do it and private landlords can’t??????

  • Jen in Barrie

    Small landlords should be able to put a no smoking clause in the lease and any smoking leads to a quick eviction.