The Ralston Courtyards apartments in Ventura are among those included (The Towbes Group Inc. )
It recently became legal for California landlords to forbid apartment renters from smoking in their units, but few property owners do so.
In a decision affecting nearly 2,000 units in 13 apartment complexes, the Towbes Group Inc. of Santa Barbara said it has become the largest apartment portfolio in California to impose a no-smoking policy on individual units and common areas.
Starting this month, new residents of Towbes Group's apartments in Ventura, Goleta Discount Newport 100S Cigarettes, Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara may no longer smoke in their units. Residents who moved in earlier have until the end of the year to comply with the new restrictions Online Newport Cigarette Store.
In addition to addressing second-hand smoke concerns, the prohibition on lighting up offers a financial boost to landlords, said Jim Carrillo, a Towbes vice president. His company "turns" about 1,000 units a year, which means they must be cleaned for new residents. The process costs about twice as much if the last tenant was a smoker.
"You can mask it with paint, but in order to totally remove the residue you have to scrape the walls," Carrillo said, then put on primer and more layers of paint. Countertops and cabinets may also need intense cleansing treatments.