Condo Living - NO SMOKING!

I have been wondering when a condominium community in the Atlanta area would amend their declaration to prohibit smoking inside each residential condo unit.  Well, it has finally happened.  The Buckhead Grand on Peachtree Road has successfully achieved status as a non-smoking community. 

This trend has occurred in other areas of the country but to my knowledge this is a first in the Atlanta market.   

As a condominium dweller, I somewhat favor the idea of a non-smoking community.  I assume that the Buckhead Grand board of directors worked very diligently to achieve the required two-thirds affirmative votes to amend their declaration.  This is usually no small task.   

So, Midtown condominium dwellers…what say you? 

Would you support your community going smoke-free? 

Do you think it is too restrictive to prohibit smoking in your home and on your limited common element balcony? 

To read a related blog posting visit http://www.atlantaskyriseblog.com/2014/03/10/buckhead-grand-goes-smokeless/

Midtown resident Tim Huffman is a licensed Community Association Manager and holds the CMCA®, AMS® and PCAM® designations from Community Associations Institute. 

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mh62 March 19, 2014 at 09:16 AM
I am a non-smoker (never have smoked) and truly hate smoking - I frequently remind people in Piedmont Park who are lighting up that the "Park is non-smoking". BUT, I have to wonder how a condominium association can ban smoking inside a person's home. I live in a Midtown high rise, and often wonder about the risks of fire created by someone smoking in their home, but also respect the fact that what a person does inside the confines of their home is their business, and right. Banning smoking in someone's personal home starts down a slippery slope of association control. What will come next, restricting alcohol consumption, restricting guests from coming or going - the list of restrictions could only grow to the point of the ridiculous.
But wait, March 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM
I agree, it is a slippery slope. But, it is one I am happy to see and abide by. My issue more so than with potential fire hazards is that is smells! It smells terrible and if that smell seeps into another unit, which it often does, then you are immediately de-valuing that unit when it comes time to sell.


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