The absence of signs shall not be a defense to a violation of the Town's Smoking Ordinance (PDF).
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Every landlord shall deliver the following on or before May 1, 2016 to each unit of a multiple - family building.
Clear and unambiguous "No Smoking" signs shall be posted in sufficient numbers and locations in common areas where smoking is prohibited. The signs shall be maintained by the person or persons with legal control over the common areas. "No Smoking" signs are not required inside doors or doorways of units. This applies to all multi-family housing, including apartments and condominiums.
Every lease or rental agreement entered into, renewed, or continued month-to-month after May 1, 2016 shall include the following provisions:
A tenant or guest of a tenant will be liable to both the landlord and any occupant of the building who is exposed to smoke or suffers damages. The violation would be considered an infraction, with penalties ranging from $100 to $500. Each HOA or property manager may issue its own penalties, which may be financial and include eviction.
All forms of:
Residents can only smoke in designated areas. Contact your property manager of HOA for details. Designated smoking areas must be unenclosed, be at least 25 feet from any non-smoking area on the property, have a clearly marked perimeter and be identified by conspicuous signage.
Smoking will be prohibited:
Smoking in a unit or in a common area would be a violation of both Town and HOA/ apartment regulations. Contact your property manager first. You may also call the Town of Danville, Code Enforcement Division, at 925-314-3361 to report a violation.
Numerous studies have found that nonsmokers living in multiple family buildings can be exposed to secondhand smoke from neighbors who smoke. Eliminating smoking in indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure. Cleaning the air, ventilating buildings, and separating smokers from nonsmokers cannot fully prevent secondhand smoke exposure.