Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing FAQ
What is multi-unit housing?
Multi-unit housing refers to any building that contains more than one living unit, where the living units are rented or owned by separate households. Some examples include: apartment buildings, houses that have been divided up into two or more apartments, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, townhomes and condominiums.
Does MN law prohibit smoking in apartment buildings?
Under our state law, the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act (MCIAA), smoking is prohibited in the indoor common areas (rental offices, entrances, hallways, laundry rooms, party rooms, exercise rooms, etc.) of rental apartment buildings with three or more rented living units.
Note: Multi-unit ownership buildings (condominiums, co-ops, etc.) are NOT regulated by the MCIAA.
Does MN law permit smoking inside rented living units in apartment buildings and townhomes?
Yes, the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, permits smoking inside a resident’s rented living unit. There is no requirement that smokers keep doors to hallways closed. However, the MCIAA also gives the owner or manager of a multi-unit rental building the authority to enact a 100% smoke free policy for the entire building, including all of the rented living units.
Are there any restrictions on smoking outdoors?
The Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act does NOT prohibit smoking outdoors, regardless of the distance from doors and windows. Owners or managers have the authority to establish policies for outdoor smoking on their property. Some of the provisions that may be included in outdoor smoking policies include: prohibiting smoking on patios or balconies, requiring that smokers stay a set distance away from doors and windows, establishing a designated outdoor smoking area, or prohibiting smoking anywhere on the property.