Originally Posted by StacyD1987
Our apartment complex has rules about smoking inside. I've smelled it a few times from the bathroom vents and called the building manager. She was able to track down who was doing it and we haven't had a problem since.
The problem is that this tend to happen at nighttime and the maintence/building management offices are closed at nighttime. I have called leaving msgs on their answering machine and they DID send out a letter to all residents asking them to NOT smoke in the hallways. The last time someone smoked in the hallway was about 6 months ago so it has been a WHILE.
Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
I can certainly relate! Last year there were people living across the hall from me that smoked marijuana and the hallway stunk of smoke. Then to try and hide the smell they would burn smelly incense and/or spray a can of air freshener in the all to try and hide the smell.
The smoke used to seep under my door. I started to jam a rolled up towel under the door and that helped quite a bit. However when they were smoking heavily and their door was opening and closing frequently, the smoke in the hall got worse and even with the towel jammed under the door I could still smell it.
My advice to you is to find out which apartment and their guests are causing the problem and to start to write letters to your rental agency, not the maintenance department. Write direct to the property manager. Keep a copy of it so you can refer to it in subsequent letters.
Also, check the smoking laws where you are. Many places have laws now about smoking in public areas, and apartment hallways/lobbies are considered "public". So if there are laws in your town about no smoking in public areas, you can file a complaint with the police.
In the meantime try the damp towel jammed under your door. Also try replacing the sponge weather strip that surrounds most doors in order to make a more sealed connection between the door and the door jam.
They don't EVEN try to clear the hallway by opening a window or spraying an air fresher!
That WOULD have helped if they had opened a window in the hallway to air it out. I wanted to do that but that'd mean I'd have to go through the smoke in the hallway and that'd cause my allergies to worsen.
That is a good idea about writing a letter and I will do that. I will post a draft here to get everyone's feedback on it since I am not too great at expressing myself and I want to make sure it doesn't sound like a letter from a whiny troublemaker.
How can I find out exactly WHO are smoking?? That would mean having me go out in the hallway breathing in the smoke and trying to track them down. I peered through the peephole in my door to see if I could see anyone and couldn't see anyone. I opened the door for a min to look out and again couldn't see anyone. I live on the 2nd floor of a building that has 4 floors so it's a bit difficult...
I did try putting a damp towel under the door but it didn't seem to help- maybe it was too late by then? The weather strip was added to my door about 6 to 9 months ago.. Does it still need to be replaced?
Originally Posted by rachelh1018
I'd ask them to install sprinklers...
HEH! That would be hilarious! Could you imagine the look on their faces if they light up a cig and sprinkers goes off in the hallway!
Originally Posted by lunasmom
I thought about this last night: I'm really surprised that your apartments don't have smoke detectors in their halls.
When I lived in apartments they had to be there by law.
That's a good point. I didn't think about that. I need to check that out.
Originally Posted by desu1
air purifiers are pretty cheap. you could get a decent one for about 50 bucks
Why should I pay for other people actions??? It's not fair to me that I'd have to buy an air purifer to clear out MY apartment when someone is inconsiderate enough to smoke in the hallway! AND even if I do buy an air puifier, it'd take time to clear the air out and that means subjecting me to polluted air in MY OWN apartment. ESPECIALLY when research shows that secondhand smoke is very dangerous to health of non smokers.
Originally Posted by sadieandziggy
I am a smoker. But I agree with you. Smoking in enclosed public places is now ilegal in most of the UK. If I am in the street, I won't even blow out the smoke if someone walks past me and wait for them to pass before I do. Or turn away.
I think it is out of respect that these people shouldn't smoke in a space that all the tenants use. I think smoke alarms should be installed in the hallway (they should be anyway).
I know that this is seems like a pain in the butt, but could you try and just air out one room at a time? And spend your time away from that room for an hour? I know it will take time, but you should be able to get rid of most of the smell, without you being in the freezing cold room. Also, try that thing that Natalie said about the towels.
(this is not an invitation for people to pick on my because I am a smoker)
I live in a small one bedroom apartment so there's not a lot of space for me to get away from. Everything's in the living room (tv, phone, etc) and that's close to the entry door leading to the hallway. Even when I go into the bedroom, I could still smell the smoke..
I don't want to pick on smokers either. It just upsets me when some smokers do things like this and risks the health of others especially if it affects my own home.
Originally Posted by Crazyforinfo
That is just rude. I wonder if they did it on purpose cause of the complaints.
Some people are just too rude or lazy. I am a smoker and never smoked outside our room. I might have lit at the front door but I always had it cracked and ready to go out.
I highly doubt they did it on purpose because of the complaints because no one in the apt bldg was singled out for this and the last time I lodged a complaint was over 6 months ago...
Originally Posted by calico2222
I'm a smoker, and I'll be honest with you. If I was at someone's apartment and they didn't want me to smoke in their apartment, and didn't have a balcony to go on, I probably would smoke in the hallway. Not to be rude or inconsiderate, it just won't accure to me that it could get into the other apartments, so I'm glad you posted this. It does sound like the person had more than 1 smoke though.
Is you apartment building smoke free? Is there anyway way you could request a ventilation system for the hallways? I'm also surprised you don't have fire alarms in the hall, but we have fire alarms and both DH and I smoke and it doesn't set them off. They only time they go off is when I cook!
Could you put a sign on your doors asking people not to smoke around your apartment because of health issues? Of course, if the building is smoke free, calling the owners/landlord should take care of it but it sounds like they are dropping the ball too.
A cheap air purifier might help you apartment too.
Now you know it can get into other apartments if you smoke in the hallways.
I don't know if my apartment building is smoke free. I do know that it's illegal to smoke in enclosured public areas. I think it's okay for them to smoke in their own apartments- not sure though. I don't know a lot about laws relating to smoking since I don't smoke.
I do plan to request a smoke alarm be installed in the hallway. I doubt there's a way for them to install a ventilation system in the hallways.
I HAVE posted signs near my door asking people NOT to smoke in the halls since some people are allergic to it. The signs tend to disappear within a day or two.
I posted another sign last night but it was after the fact you know?
I am tryimg to be careful because I do not want the people in my apt bldg to know who is complaining. I may be paranoid but this is not a safe area for a single woman to live in and I want to take all the precautions I can.
Originally Posted by Catkiki
This reminds me of something funny that happened at work.
We have an outside patio area where people can smoke. They have 4 tables for the smokers out there..... ONE
table for the non-smokers. I went out there one day and someone was actually sitting at the non-smoking table SMOKING!!!!!! I didn't say a word.. Just looked at them, the sign stating that there was no smoking beyond that point, at the line painted on the patio and then back at them. They told the person they were talking to on their phone to hold on and moved to one of the other tables. It was soooo funny!!
But my hubby smokes. He is very considerate of people who do not smoke and won't light up without asking if the person minds. But if he isn't smoking, he is using smokeless tobacco... ewwwwww
But I would have him do that instead of smoking in the car.
That's a funny story.
Thanks for sharing! I needed the laugh.
I will work on a letter to the management office and will post it here for feedback before I submit it to them on Monday.
THANKS for listening and for all the advice/suggestions/support!!
I hope that the smokers who read my msg knows that this is NOT a PERSONAL attack on smokers- it's due to people who doesn't respect others by smoking in the hallways knowing that others will have to go through the hallways to get in/out of apartments.