|Tenants > Taking Action > 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 hearings, dispute resolution officers consider whether tenants have attempted to minimize the problem themselves before applying to the Residential Tenancy Branch. This could include such actions as blocking the source of the smoke, negotiating with the smoking tenant, and talking to your landlord, to name just a few. Here are some steps you might consider:
Fans, and air filters and purifiers will only mask the problem, but may show the landlord that you have tried to resolve the problem yourself
Visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website for useful tips on Solving Odour Transfer Problems in Your Apartment.
Go to the US Indoor Environmental Engineering website for information on how to reduce second-hand exposure in a multi-unit dwellings