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Minimize the Problem
It is important you take all reasonable steps available to reduce the amount of smoke entering your unit. Based on a review of dispute resolution decisions, Adjudicators consider whether tenants have attempted to minimize the problem themselves before applying to the Residential Tenancy Branch.
This could include such actions as attempting to seal up cracks and gaps where the smoke is coming in, speaking or negotiating with the smoking neighbour, or talking to your landlord, to name just a few.
If you feel comfortable, consider talking to your smoking neighbour. He or she might not realize that the smoke is a problem for you. Try to focus on solutions such as asking the neighbour to smoke outside, smoke in another area, close doors or windows, or seal the source of the smoke.
Seek support from other neighbours in the building. They might be experiencing the same problem, and may be willing to talk to the landlord with you.
Consider starting a tenant petition that the building be designated as smoke-free. While the smoke may not personally affect others, your neighbours may be sympathetic and lend their support. The majority of renters in BC would prefer a smoke-free building.
Seal your Unit to reduce air transfer
Use caulk or spray-in foam around plumbing, electrical outlets, phone jacks, fixtures, cracks and gaps.