Guidelines For Listing Smoke Free Apartments

Before listing your property on our free website they must be 100% smoke free in all units and other interior spaces in each smoke-free building and must have a written smoke-free policy provided to all tenants. NO SMOKING signs should be conspicuously posted on common area doors. We recommend that the smoke-free policy include outdoor patios, balconies, sidewalks and an area within a reasonable distance, preferably at least 25 feet from the building.

Much more information about smoke-free apartments for landlords is at


Tenants Want Smoke-Free Buildings!

A largely unmet demand for smoke-free housing exists in Nebraska. In 2005 a Douglas County survey of renters found:

  • More than 70% say they are likely to choose a non-smoking building over a similar building that allows smoking.
  • 38% of renters would pay more rent to live in a multifamily building where smoking was not allowed.
  • Almost half (44%) of respondents report that secondhand smoke gets into their rental residence from somewhere else in or around the building.
  • 70% of residents who encounter secondhand smoke in their homes say that it bothers them.
  • 36% say that it bothers them a lot and some of them even enough to move.

If you have a smoke-free policy for all apartments in one or more of your buildings add it (for free) by clicking on "List Your Properties" on the left side of this screen.

People who smoke are not protected under Nebraska’s or Federal anti-discrimination laws. You may choose to rent or not to rent to people who smoke. The following websites go into great detail about this information for owners, managers and tenants.

An interesting discussion on this issue may be found at:

Helpful Resources

Smoke Free Conversion Checklist

Landlord Smoke Free Lease Addendum

HUD Public Housing Policy