Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions adopting smoke free policy

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area company is making all of the residential rental properties it manages smoke free starting this spring.

Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions in La Crosse decided to make the switch after trying it out on a couple of its buildings last year.

Operations Director Jeremy Novak said it’s not hard to find people who want smoke free housing.

“What we’ve found is that our customers, our tenants and residents really desired to have housing that didn’t have smoke residue left over from previous tenants, and they appreciate the fact that our neighbors aren’t smoking,” said Jeremy Novak.

Novak says smoking will be banned from residential rental properties managed by Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions.

Smoking will also be banned within twenty feet from a building.

“By going smoke free, we’re actually providing a better quality of housing experience we believe. Additionally, it does help with some of the turnover costs,” said Novak.

The first time anyone violates the policy, there will be a $250 fine, and the second time you could be evicted.”

Paula Sihla with the La Crosse County Health Department started working with the company last year as part of a state grant.

She said smoke free buildings have financial and health benefits.

“We know that no amount of exposure to second hand smoke is safe. It can be small amounts, it can be longer amounts, but all of it has some impact on the person who is exposed to,” said Sihla.

Some people we talked so say they don’t have a problem with the policy.

“It will eliminate second hand smoke from anyone who is not a smoker in the building, and it will also make the building a better place,” said Cassidy Donahue.

“I think it’s awesome. I hate walking by somebody who’s smoking, so I think it’s great,” said Allison Eldien.

The policy goes into effect next May.

The health department said since work started on the grant, more than forty-three buildings have adopted smoke free policies.

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