Smoke-Free & Candle-Free Policies Are Good for Business

October 27, 2021
01:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT
120 Mins
Jo Becker

Fire, smoke, soot, water damage, insurance rate hikes, resident complaints, extensive cleaning to turnover units, the risk of life and limb to residents and staff. These are some of the woes that can be minimized with the adoption of thoughtful no-smoking and no-candle policies at your property.  

Both private, market-rate complexes and public, subsidized properties across the country have implemented such policies and you can, too!  In fact, HUD has required that public, multi-family properties have a no-smoking policy since 2018 and the American Lung Association and public health agencies nationwide have collaborated for years to provide extensive research, best practice resources, and toolkits to make the transition as easy as possible for housing providers. 

In this webinar, we will look at the market demand for properties with such policies.  And, even more importantly, we’ll review fair housing implications such as what to do when religious and reasonable accommodations requests are made that conflict with the policy.

Webinar Objectives
  • Make an informed decision about whether to adopt a no-smoking and / or no-candles policy
  • Choose the type of policy and implementation plan that makes the most sense for your community
  • Review local / state laws specific to your area that may impact or inform your choices
  • Engage residents in the plan, utilizing positive, proactive communiqué 
  • Enforce the policy utilizing skills and procedures that are already familiar to your team and your residents
Webinar Agenda
  • Pros & Cons of Adopting Policies that Restrict Smoking & Candle 
  • Relevant Market Data & Trends
  • Policy Options to Consider
  • Policy Implementation Steps & Tips
  • Gaining Compliance
  • Policy Enforcement
  • Possible Fair Housing Scenarios
  • Free Resources
  • Q&A
Webinar Highlights
  • The reasons why these policies are good for your business
  • The popularity of restricted smoking & candle policies among properties nationwide
  • The market demand for properties with such policies
  • Things to consider regarding implementation, enforcement, & compliance
  • Legal implications including discussion of general liability and possible fair housing concerns
  • Testimonials from apartment managers who’ve already made the switch
Who Should Attend
  • Leasing managers and on-site managers
  • Portfolio managers
  • Compliance officers
  • Resident services coordinators (in affordable housing communities)
  • Community concierges (in high-end housing communities)
  • Independent landlords or small, “Mom and Pop” operators
  • Service technicians, lead technicians, maintenance supervisors
  • Homeowners’ association and community managers
Jo Becker

Jo Becker

A Realtor®-turned-fair housing advocate, Jo Becker was a licensed housing provider for 8 years before working for a statewide fair housing nonprofit for 10 years. There she trained over 10,000 individuals to consistently rave reviews. Jo focuses on training property managers, maintenance and service technicians, and private landlords, as well as sales agents. Jo has also studied emergency preparedness and disaster response with a focus on animals since 2005, and often combines the two to bring urgent, timely information about animals to the housing industry. Today Jo’s career is an unexpected alchemy of public speaking and writing on topics that blend lifelong passions and...
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