|Tenants > Last Resort Remedies > Move to a Smoke-Free Building
As a last resort, if a negotiated solution cannot be achieved, you may need to consider moving to protect your health and ensure the well-being of your family. If this means having to be freed from a fixed term lease, negotiate a mutual agreement with your landlord to end this tenancy without penalty. It may be difficult to end the lease without penalty unless you can prove the landlord has breached the lease.
Also, keep in mind that you have up to two years after moving to make an application to the Residential Tenancy Branch to recover your moving costs if you so choose – so keep your bills.
If you want to live in a 100% smoke-free building, ensure that there is a “no-smoking” clause in your tenancy agreement that states the entire building is smoke-free, including the units, outdoor balconies and patios and the whole residential property. (See a sample smoke-free policy in our Landlord section).
When talking to potential landlords, here are some questions to ask about the no-smoking policy:
If you can’t find a smoke-free building, you can reduce the chances of smoke infiltrating your home by renting an end unit on the lowest floor*.
Check out our Smoke-Free Housing Directory on this site for a list of smoke-free buildings in BC.
* Source: Center for Energy and Environment. Survey of Minnesota Renters Regarding Secondhand Smoke Movement in Apartment Buildings and Interest in Smoke-Free Buildings. 2001.