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California Landlord May Prohibit Smoking Cigarettes

The California Civil Code, Chapter 2, Section 1947.5 allows for a landlord of a residential dwelling unit, or his or her agent, to prohibit the smoking of a cigarette, or other tobacco product on the property or in any building or portion of the building, including any dwelling unit, other interior or exterior area, or the premises on which it is located, in accordance with this article.

Prohibited Areas Must be Identified

Every lease or rental agreement for a residential dwelling unit on property on any portion of which the landlord has prohibited the smoking of cigarettes or other tobacco products pursuant to this article shall include a provision that specifies the areas on the property where smoking is prohibited, if the lessee has not previously occupied the dwelling unit.

Note: “Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. “Smoking” includes the use of an electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking.

Amended by Stats. 2016, 2nd Ex. Sess., Ch. 7, Sec. 8. (SB 5 2x) Effective June 9, 2016.

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