We respect your right to smoke, this is your choice! However we wish to outline our office policy, and request that you choose not to smoke inside the rental property.
We want everyone to be able to enjoy their rental property, in the way they wish to enjoy it! However we wish to inform you how smoking will damage the property, and also cause the property to be less desirable for others to enjoy the property in the future.
Therefore for your information, we wish to outline common problems we encounter when people choose to smoke inside a rental property. Most importantly, we wish to outline some of the finacial consequences of insisting on this choice.
Damage to Paintwork
Interior Surfaces Stained Regular smoking will over time, coat painted surfaces like walls, ceilings, doors etc in thin brown form. In bad cases, this yellowy brown coating becomes evident when pictures previously hanging on walls are removed. The picture outline is clear, with white spaces indicating where the picture once hung, with the surrounding walls a distasteful yellowy- brown colour. This can also be clearly seen on the ceilings.
Costly to Rectify This can be very expensive to rectify! Not only do all the surfaces have to be washed before being repainted, but also coated with sealer first to stop the brown colour leaching through the paint when it is applied. This can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars in painter's costs alone. In all cases, this will be charged in full or in part to the tenant.
Odours Regular smoking will also cause a distatseful smell to soak into every part of the property that has been exposed to the smoke. This includes walls, ceilings,doors,curtains,blinds and anything that allows a smell to penetrate! In other words , smoke odour will penetrate EVERYTHING!!!!!
Costly To Rectify This is a huge job to rectify. Curtains need to be dry cleaned and deodorised. The home may have to be deodorised throughout. However, removing the smell may only happen over time. If a property cannot be re-rented because the smell makes the property unattractive to a new tenant, the landlord may insist compensation be claimed against the tenant that caused the problem. We hope we have given enough reason why we insist that you smoke outside the property, and ask that you respect our office policy.