Condos and Community Associations
Condo Associations in the Portland Metro Area are successfully adopting no-smoking policies -
See the GROWING LIST (as of September 2012).
A Fall 2010 member survey of the Oregon Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) found:
- 74% thought no-smoking policies were "desirable for community associations"
- 83% have had owner complaints about drifting smoke
- Managers were worried about fire hazards, property devaluation, liability risks and maintenance costs
Tools to help condo associations move forward:
Make sure to consult your attorney as you work through the process. The information and materials on this website are for informational purposes only are not offered or intended to be and should not be construed to be legal advice nor to be a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney.
- Toolkit for CAI/OWCAM presentations (includes all the docs listed below)
- Financial benefits of no-smoking rules for community associations
- Legal questions
- Steps to adopt a no-smoking rule
- Sample resident letter about no-smoking rule
- Sample Resident Survey Questions
- Samples of legal language to restrict smoking:
- Slides for CAI and OWCAM presentations "Smokefree Opportunities in Community Associations"
Read the article "Smoking & HOAs" in the January 2012 issue of Regenesis (see page 5).
These materials were developed in collaboration with Clark County Public Health (Vancouver, Washington) and members of CAI. Many thanks to Minnesota's Live Smoke Free, the Public Health Law Center and The Massachusetts Smoke-Free Housing Project for generously sharing their materials for adaptation.