Post # 1
My FI and I just moved into a new apartment. It’s really great… Assigned parking spot, right near public transportation, restaurants, shops, etc… It has everything we were looking for.
What we didn’t know was that the tenant in the basement apartment smokes. It’s making our whole apartment smell like smoke and it’s so disgusting. Our clothes and blankets are even starting to smell too.
I know there is nothing we can legally do about this as the tenant has the right to smoke in their apartment, but omg… it’s so disgusting. We’ve only been here a month and I’m ready to leave.
It’s so frustrating because we spent so much time going to look at apartments and we thought we had found the perfect place…. Now I can’t wait to get out of here and breathe clean air again.
I can tell every single time the tenant smokes… like I know that he just lit one up because the whole apartment is starting to fill up with the smell again. I just needed to vent because it’s so disgusting and yet there’s nothing we can do about it. 🙁
Post # 3
Lesson learned for the next time you are apartment hunting( or even home buying for that matter). Spend some time in the place- day, evening, weekend etc so you know what happens beyond the few minutes you are there with the rental agent or realtor.
Post # 4
I’m so sorry. We had that same problem when we rented the apartment – we moved in during summer time and the because everyone kept the windows and doors open, be didn’t realize that they smoked. It wasn’t until winter when everything was closed up that we had the problem – and it was really bad. Definitely consider investing in an air purifier that claims to remove smoke particles. We really had good luck with that!
Post # 5
Grrrr… that is so annoying that there is nothing you can do about it! That really stinks. Literally.
Post # 6
@EvaBostonTerrier: Yea I think that’s what happened to us. We signed the lease in August and we were in and out a few times, but never smelled anything. We’ve deff been thinking about buying an air purifier, I just wasn’t sure how much it would really help.
Post # 7
Wow, I literally wouldn’t be able to live there due to allergy and asthma issues. That’s so gross. I just don’t understand why people insist on imposing their disgusting habits on others!
Post # 8
Ugh, cigarette smoke is the worst. Do you know if there is a clause in your lease about smoking in the apartment? Some of the apartments we have lived in didn’t allow it. If yours doesn’t allow it but your neighbor is doing it, you could definitely report them.
Post # 9
I second what CaitMarae said — I’m a landlord and we have a no-smoking building and would be grateful if a tenant said something if someone else was smoking in the building! Double check your lease because if it’s mentioned in there, there is something you can do about it.
Talk to your landlord anyway, maybe they will let you out of the lease (a doctor’s note would add some weight to that too).
Post # 10
That sucks, so sorry about that. 🙁 @julies1949: Even if she did spend a little more time there looking at the place she might not have known that. And with apartments having residents move in and out all the time, there’s no way to know who your future neighbors will be.
@TinyTina: I know in my apartment complex you aren’t allowed to smoke inside your apartment. I know it doesn’t stop people from doing it, but maybe you can look in your lease to see if there is a clause there. If so I’d call the office and complain about it. Maybe they can enforce the rules, or fine them.
If not I’d see if there is anyway you could move to a different unit. A major pain in the ass, but would totally be worth it if you didn’t have to breath in smoke all the time. In fact, I’d probably insist on it. It’s not only bad for your health, but it makes everything you own stink!
Post # 11
@julies1949: It’s a good idea, but also remember that the tenant population in apartment buildings changes over a lot. I recommend reporting the smoking and maybe even talking to your neighbor about how much it troubles you (although you have to gauge for yourself if this is worth it or not).
Can I share a former bad neighbor story? I never expected to live in an apartment directly next to THIS GUY? He moved in after I did. Yes, he really did. No smoke pollution, but his constant singing and screaming into the phone about celebrities until 5 in the morning (when did he sleep???), was definite NOISE pollution. OMG. I engaged in passive aggressive note writing for the first time in my life, which, heck, the OP might try. It worked for me – he stopped singing once he got my note!
My former neighbor. He is standing in front of my apartment building one minute in!
Post # 12
We checked the lease and sadly there isn’t anything in it about smoking. We have been renting for years and never had this problem before so it was something that we didn’t think of looking for when we signed. So this is why there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s our fault for not thinking of it, so the tenant is not breaking any rules.
What makes it worse is that this is a house, not an apartment complex, so we can’t move into a different unit or anything like that.
There is some vague term in the lease about the comfort of other tenants cannot be disturbed including “noises smells and lightss”. I mean, it’s really vague so I suppose we could talk to the landlord about it, but I really don’t think there’s anything we can do.
*sigh* Live and learn!!
Thanks for letting me vent guys, it’s a really crappy situation.
Post # 13
Definitely talk to your landlord. I’ve never lived in an apartment building where people were allowed to smoke indoors, but maybe that’s a Southern California thing. One of my downstairs neighbors smokes, but he does it outside. It really doesn’t bother us as much as his barbeque smells. We have to shut the windows every time and it gets little old.
Post # 14
i would talk to the other tenant first. it always seems snarky to me to go directly to the landlord without attempting to work it out on your own.
Post # 15
Wow, that stinks. We’ve had minor issues with it and “other” types of smoke. My suggestion is to look into an air purifier (I don’t know if it would help much).
Post # 16
@kitzy: Haha, we’ve thought about this… We’re just not sure how to approach him. We’ve actually never met/seen him before (which we think is really odd in itself). He does have a separate entrance, but I just find it so weird that we’ve never seen him go in and out before. It’s kinda weird to knock on the door and say “Oh hey we’re your new neighbors. Nice to meet you. Can you quit stinkin’ up our apartment?!”
@noodlesploosh: Oh. Em. Gee. I don’t know what I would have done. That’s AWFUL. We had a noise problem in our old apartment complex with a family who lived below us when I was in school. I actually had a breakdown one night before a huge exam. I was trying to study and the teenie bopper downstairs was singing to her blaring stereo…. no matter where I was in the apartment it sounded like I had my own stereo on max volume. My poor FI came home from work to see me in tears. He went downstairs and had a nice chat with the parents. Heh. Thankfully they moved out. 😉