(Closed) Serious apartment vent

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
46612 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

Grrrr… that is so annoying that there is nothing you can do about it!  That really stinks.  Literally.

Post # 7
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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). 

Good luck! 

Post # 10
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@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 # 13
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
2867 posts
Sugar bee

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).

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