While it’s common practice to prohibit tobacco smoking in rental properties, many landlords are on the fence about allowing vaping in their rental properties. While e-cigarettes contain far fewer toxins and they leave behind less odor and mess than regular cigarettes, there’s still good reason to prohibit their use in your rental property as well. Before you decide, however, take a look at the information below.
The Big Difference Between Smoking and Vaping
When it comes to clean up, the biggest difference between smoking and vaping is the residue left behind. The smoke from regular cigarettes builds up quickly on every surface, leaving behind a sticky residue that stinks. You can see a yellowish film on walls, curtains, etc. that’s tough to clean.
Vaping, on the other hand, creates a water vapor that contains vegetable glycerin. This ingredient leaves an oily residue on surfaces that attracts dust, dirt, and grime over time. This dirty, greasy grime can be difficult to clean, just like smoking residue.
So, cleaning up a rental after a vaper has vacated the property could be time-consuming and costly. It requires deep cleaning the carpets and upholstery as well as wiping all non-porous surfaces down with a vinegar/water solution. You may also need to paint after wiping the walls down with the vinegar solution, too.
The Law as it Pertains to e-Cigarettes
Before making any final decisions on whether to allow vaping in your rental property, check the laws in your state as they may prohibit the use of e-cigarettes altogether. Laws on e-cigarette use vary widely from state to state, with some prohibiting their use anywhere regular cigarette use is prohibited. Other states only prohibit e-cigarette use in public/common indoor and outdoor places. If your state’s laws do allow e-cigarette use indoors and you decide to prohibit it in your rental unit(s), be sure to spell out exactly what you do and don’t allow as far as smoking cigarettes and vaping go in the lease.
The Fire Hazard Associated with Vaping
Although vaping isn’t a huge fire hazard, the risk of fire still exists. The biggest fire hazard associated with e-cigarettes comes while the device is plugged in and charging, which is often done with the tenant is asleep or away. The risk is minimal compared to regular cigarette smoking, but it does exist
Ultimately, the decision to allow vaping in your rental property is up to you. You must decide whether the added clean up or potential fire risk is worth it. If you do decide to allow it, you may want to consider an additional cleaning charge in the lease for after the tenant moves out. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s all spelled out completely in the lease.