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September 11th, 2011:

New Law Lets Landlords Ban Smoking

Gov. Jerry Brown signs Senate Bill 332, which allows landlords to prohibit smoking in rental units.

By Meredith Skrzypczak

California renters might soon face new smoking rules after Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday signed a bill that would allow landlords to ban smoking in apartments and other rental units.

The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

“With the Governor’s action today, we will see the availability of smoke-free, multi-family housing grow throughout California,” said state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, who authored the measure, in a statement Wednesday. “While more than 86 percent of Californians do not smoke, there is currently very little smoke-free housing in California. Living in multi-family housing should not compromise the health of renters or their children. This new law will provide tenants with healthier choices.”

While landlords can restrict pets, noise and specific furniture, such as waterbeds, there is nothing in current law that allows a landlord to restrict smoking