The California landlords surveyed in the study saved an average of $5,000 a year per smoke-free building. (With the cost of everything higher here, we can only imagine that the savings is far greater in NYC.)
Smoking-related costs included cleaning, repairs and maintenance of recently vacated units; painting and decorating; trash collection and fire damage; property and fire insurance; and legal, administrative and other operating costs.
In California, about one-third of apartments are in smoke-free buildings, according to the study.
Not so in NYC.
We don't have stats, but a quick Google search for non-smoking rental buildings in NYC surfaced just a handful of prospects, including downtown's Tribeca Green and The Sierra in Chelsea (both owned by top-notch landlord the Related Company) and the upscale 1510 Lex in Carnegie Hill on the Upper East Side.
A recent StreetEasy search of available listings found that only 6 apartments out of 8,990 listings were advertised as non-smoking or smoke-free. (The non-smoking total went up by 10, to 16, when we examined the individual StreetEasy pages for two of the non-smoking buildings listed above--the Tribeca Green and The Sierra. Somewhat oddly, neither the apartments nor the building are being advertised as smoke free on StreetEasy.)
NYC landlords, we'd love to hear from you: Why aren't more of your buildings kicking the habit?
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