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Everything below applies to all methods of smoking: cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, bongs, hookahs, e-cigarettes, any method of vaping, anything else that we forgot, and anything invented in the future.

Where can I smoke?

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You can smoke in two general places: 1) in your apartment, and 2) outside, away from the building.

When in your apartment, do everything you can to keep the smoke away from the building hallway. Other people smelling it is almost guaranteed to generate complaints. Open windows, the apartment air conditioners can be set to Fan mode to recirculate inside air (clean the filter regularly), the range hood or microwave exhaust fan, get a window fan that can blow it outside, damp towel at the base of your front door... whatever works.

Outside, do not ever smoke directly in front of the building entrance (state law), and try to avoid smoking too close to any apartment windows.

Make sure all cigarette butts go in to the black tower smoking receptacle near the bench - you can drop them in there even if they are still lit, no need to smash them out anywhere and leave ashes all over the place.

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Where can't I smoke?

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NJ state law - you can not smoke in any "common areas", including, but not limited to:

  • Outside in front of the building front door
  • Outside in front of the building back door
  • Inside, in the foyer/lobby/entrance
  • Inside, in the building hallways
  • Inside, in the stairwells
  • Inside, in the laundry room
  • ...or any other "common area"

By law at every level (national, state, county, borough), a fire escape is only for escaping fire, so you obviously can not smoke there either.

Do not ever prop the door opened when smoking outside.

Do not ever dump ashes or cigarette butts outside, when smoking inside your apartment.

Outside, please avoid the apartment windows at the front-left corner of the building, especially early in the morning or late at night, those are all bedroom windows, and some may be opened. Same goes for the back yard, all of those are bedroom windows. If you smoke in the back yard for some reason, stay as far back as you can, so it will dissipate without going in someone's window.

Smoking-related charges at move-out

If you smoke inside your apartment, there's a good chance that you will have to pay for "excessive cleaning", because it will coat all appliances, light fixtures, cabinets, and other surfaces - if you do not clean all of it off, Caldwell House / Affiliated Management will have to pay someone else to do that, and that cost would be passed on to you.

You may also be charged for extra painting. Certainly if there is a smell, but also because the smoke/nicotine coating on the walls and ceiling can prevent new paint from sticking. If that is the case, the entire apartment would have to get a coat of oil base stain blocker primer (the extra part), then regular painting can resume after that. This would result in additional paint and supplies, and at least an additional day of painting, so again, that cost would be passed on to you.

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Last updated: March 27, 2019