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Newly rented apartment, stinks of smoke

Hello everybody,

i recently rented a new apartment and when i tried to move in a immediately noticed that it stinks of smoke. I met all the neighbours, and some of them smoke, but still i can't understand where the smoke is coming from into the apartment. Tried many things, leaving the windows open etc., and when i enter i can smell the fresh smoke close to the entrance of the flat from the inside.

Do you perhaps know of a company that would be able to check the place and understand where the smoke is coming from and suggest remedies, like even changing the front door, the ventilation etc.?

Thank you,
Gregor
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Re: Newly rented apartment, stinks of smoke

If you smell fresh smoke from the inside near the door then that's the source... try to see where it comes from, check if the neighbours are leaving the front door open while smoking.
If the door doesn't close very well you can put a gasket around it I guess.
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Re: Newly rented apartment, stinks of smoke

Talk to your landlord. Nobody is allowed to smoke inside the common areas of the building: entrance hallway, stairs, washing and drying room, cellars. It's the law.

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Re: Newly rented apartment, stinks of smoke

If the smoke is coming from outside the apt. via the front door, it may be as suggested.

If the smoke is not coming from someone smoking in the hallway, more often than not the smoke is coming in via the air evacuation system - toilet fan and kitchen fan.
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Re: Newly rented apartment, stinks of smoke

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Talk to your landlord. Nobody is allowed to smoke inside the common areas of the building: entrance hallway, stairs, washing and drying room, cellars. It's the law.
Would you happen to have a reference at hand? I am not aware of anything in Swiss civil law which supports that for private buildings (law only refers to "publicly accessible buildings")

Of course it is always possible to put up signs "no smoking here" and add some clauses to the house regulations, but how enforceable would that be?

The canton of Zurich has comprehensive (German language) information, also with references to federal law, at http://www.awa.zh.ch/internet/volksw...uchverbot.html

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If the smoke is coming from outside the apt. via the front door, it may be as suggested.

If the smoke is not coming from someone smoking in the hallway, more often than not the smoke is coming in via the air evacuation system - toilet fan and kitchen fan.
That.

Ask the renters below you whether they smoke on the loo.
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Re: Newly rented apartment, stinks of smoke

I can certainly sympathize with what you're going through. No one in this day and age should have to suffer in their own four walls. However, in many apartment situations in Switzerland it is sadly a fact of life. And lets face it, humans have been smoking ever since they discovered it from the American natives (most of who died in their forties from Tuberculosis with the good old peace pipe). However, there are steps you can take that might actually solve the issue:
https://www.mieterverband.ch/mv/miet...usordnung.html

Basically the first step is to discuss it with the landlord. If it is really bad, I believe you can get a rent reduction, which should lead to some kind of remedy. Good luck!
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That.

Ask the renters below you whether they smoke on the loo.
My wife often does, but we're on the top floor.

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Re: Newly rented apartment, stinks of smoke

It may be possible to close vents internal to the apartment. In mine at least there is a knob that can close the bathroom vent. Obviously one has to be more on guard for mold in this case. I had to turn mine with cloth-covered pliers as it had been painted over many time.
 




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