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  • Here is a smoking question to ponder.

    Ok, sort of a "what if" type senario.

    Two apartments. Person number 1's bedroom is right above person number 2's living room. Person number 2 is a heavy smoker, so much so that smoke goes into person number 1's bed room.

    My question.

    Does person number 1 have a right to bitch about the smoke?


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    Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

    I have always been the type of person that would say it's your house do what you want.....then I quit smoking. Now I can smell it a mile away and it makes me gag.

    Consider the same question with any other nuisance. Loud stereo, barking dog, extreme flatulance, screamer girlfriend. A nuisance is a nuisance and I think I have a reasonable right to not be bothered by someone else...key word is reasonable.
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    • #3
      Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

      It all depends on what kind of preson they are, how reasonable you can be when you talk to them and if you can find a way between you to compromise.
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      • #4
        Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

        Yes, you do.
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        • #5
          Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

          Well, your scenario doesn't state a few things... Are person 1 and 2 living in the same residence? Is person 2 the parent of person 1? Is person 1 an adult or a child? Are they roommates paying an equal share of the rent? Are they in seperate apartments and the smoke is drifting through vents or open windows?

          If the two people are contributing an equal amount to their living arrangement, then the right to bitch is there. If person 1 is contributing less, then the right to bitch goes away proportionally with the amount he/she is neglecting to contribute...
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            Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

            His statement of two apartments made me assume that these people don't know each other.
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              Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

              Originally posted by Wyzcrak
              His statement of two apartments made me assume that these people don't know each other.
              Ah, yes he did. I missed that and made some assumptions that guided my questions...
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              • #8
                Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

                The person in 1 doesnt know the person in 2.


                What rights does the person in 1 have? Should he go to the landlord or ask the person in 2 himself?

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                • #9
                  Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

                  I would consult with your landlord before doing anything.

                  If you're going to want something done, it's nice to know what backing you have.

                  I would explain to the landlord that you're not out to ruin this guy's lifestyle. At the same time, you feel compelled to remedy the suffering you're experiencing.

                  Regardless of the landlord's response, I would try to work something out with the other resident after speaking with the landlord.

                  If the other resident will not cooperate and the landlord will go to bat for you, introduce the landlord into the proceedings.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

                    i personally would tell you to go away if you confronted me with this, i can see your position, but smoking is not against the law. therefore the police or courts could do bugger all about it. and further the landlord will in my opinion not wish to half his income by forcing one of you to move out. so apart from asking i dont think you have much.


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                    • #11
                      Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

                      Originally posted by _Ender_
                      The person in 1 doesnt know the person in 2.


                      What rights does the person in 1 have? Should he go to the landlord or ask the person in 2 himself?
                      How is the smoke getting into your apartment? Through vents, or what? Is the odor just seeping through your floor/his ceiling? That sounds like a problem with the building and you might get the landlord to do something about it. If it's simply wafting out of his window and in through yours, then you need to shut your window. Keep in mind that your neighbor has a right to smoke in his living room and it's not his problem if the apartment building is designed poorly and the smoke is affecting you.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

                        Originally posted by DudeMan
                        i personally would tell you to go away if you confronted me with this, i can see your position, but smoking is not against the law.
                        In America, it is against the law to smoke in certain areas. You have a right to be secure and unaccosted in your own home. Hence, legal acts performed by other people that invade your security are can in fact be against the law.

                        therefore the police or courts could do bugger all about it. and further the landlord will in my opinion not wish to half his income by forcing one of you to move out. so apart from asking i dont think you have much.
                        Smokers usually get charged more than non-smokers. It's not much, but most people won't tell the land-lord they are smoking.

                        He does in fact have restitution. Mainly against the owner of the complex.

                        What I would do is politely ask the downstairs guy to consider not smoking too much in his apartment. If he declines, so be it.

                        Then I'd contact the landlord and tell them that "shoddy" construction has created a problem for you (obviously poor air circulation and sealant). They are required to fix it. If the complex decides to ignore your request, I'd turn them into the BBB.

                        They also might be interested in the fact that your downstairs tennet is smoking so much as to disturb other tennets. Remember, they want you to be happy so you'll stay there and continue paying rent.

                        Hell, both my roomate and I smoke, but that's all done on the balcony outside. I can't stand lingering smoke and it has detrimental effects on computer hardware.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

                          Listening to music isn't against the law either, but the police respond to that all the time in America.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

                            Originally posted by Wyzcrak
                            Listening to music isn't against the law either, but the police respond to that all the time in America.
                            Yeah, but the word "reasonable" comes into play here... It's not reasonable to blare a stereo at levels that will cause serious hearing loss in a residential area. It is reasonable (well, so far...) to smoke cigarettes in your living room. A bonfire used to create smoke signals would be unreasonable.

                            My point was that the guy probably isn't doing anything wrong (depending on the rent/lease agreement), and the landlord is the only one that can be held responsible...
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                            • #15
                              Re: Here is a smoking question to ponder.

                              Originally posted by CingularDuality
                              Yeah, but the word "reasonable" comes into play here... It's not reasonable to blare a stereo at levels that will cause serious hearing loss in a residential area. It is reasonable (well, so far...) to smoke cigarettes in your living room. A bonfire used to create smoke signals would be unreasonable.

                              My point was that the guy probably isn't doing anything wrong (depending on the rent/lease agreement), and the landlord is the only one that can be held responsible...

                              EXACTLY SIMPLY SMELLING CIGARETTE SMOKE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH IMO if it is against the law, then in your own home has to be the really only safe place to smoke.

                              why tell this guy you cant smoke in your home or in restaurants ect ect... if he walsk out side his street door and does it and it goes in your window you would complain again?

                              it seems to me like bullying if just because you smell it you go to the land lord. what is the extent of what he can smell? maybe that will clear it up


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