More and more landlords are moving to prohibit smoking in their apartment buildings, telling prospective tenants they can be evicted if they light up in them.

One of the largest landlords in Boston, Archstone, has a new apartment complex named the Avenir, located at 101 Canal Street (picture above). They’re taking it a step farther at the Avenir. From their web site:

The community, which features 241 luxury apartment homes and 27,000 square feet of retail space, is the first large-scale, professionally managed apartment community to offer a smoke-free living environment in Boston. Smoking will be prohibited in interior common areas, inside apartment units, on balconies and the roof deck.

That’s right. Even the typical smoker’s refuge – outside on the balcony or a roof deck – is also off limits.

Across the country, the movement to ban smoking in residential buildings is gaining traction. Even some public houising agencies have forbidden smoking.

In California, all apartments and condos in Richmond, near San Francisco, outlawed cigarette smoking in apartments, under an ordinance passed in July. In Belmont, Calif., a ban on smoking in apartments took effect in January, after a 14-month grace period, with a $100 fine for offenders.

So will Boston be next to ban smoking in your home?

If you’re a landlord, do you allow smoking in your apartments?

File Under: ACLU Smokers need not apply.

If your interested in viewing the Avenir, please call our office at 617-720-5454. The landlord is providing two free months rent with a year lease.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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