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Subject:About the smoke
Time:09:18 pm
So I posted earlier about smelling cigarette smoke in the hallways of my building.


I don't really have a horse in the race. I probably spend an average of two to three minutes per day in the hallway, and while it certainly smells like cigarette smoke I don't find it overpowering. It's vaguely annoying, and I'd be a bit happier if it didn't smell like smoke, but not by that much. I don't smell it in my unit.

Several of the neighbors are upset about it, though, and want something done. My intuition is that they're overreacting. There's an argument that could be made about property values, but I think it's a pretty thin one and probably not terribly credible. I could probably find some rule in the bylaws that he's technically in violation of, but it would take a slightly liberal reading of them.

Changing the HOA bylaws is far more difficult than it seems like it should be, and is probably overkill. We've done it once in the seven years that I've been here, and that was to solve a *much* bigger problem.

I'm glad that the general consensus was in the vicinity of "do nothing".
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wordweaverlynn
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Time:2009-08-27 07:25 am (UTC)
If I lived there, the issue wouldn't be property values but my physical health. If someone's smoking enough that almost anybody can smell it in the halls, it's likely to be enough to make my asthma and allergies worse.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-08-27 07:26 am (UTC)
Even if you're exposed to it for less than a minute at a time? For me, it's not nearly as bad as walking down the street behind someone who is smoking.
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adb_jaeger
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Time:2009-08-27 11:32 am (UTC)
But if he's not in violation of any lease or HOA, you run a VERY good chance that by trying to do something, you will make the problem worse.
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