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Should You Allow Residents to Vape in Your Merritt Island Rental Property?

Vaping Device Standing Next to a Mug of Hot CoffeeThere are several matters more harmful to a rental home’s insides than cigarette smoke. For this purpose, most Merritt Island property owners incorporate a clause in their lease documents that forbid smoking inside or wherever on the property of their rental homes.

But what about vaping? The usage of e-cigarettes as a replacement for smoking tobacco has risen sharply in the prior years. Many people see vaping as a safe recreational activity or even as a method to discontinue smoking entirely since vaping is generally supposed to be less harmful to a person’s well-being.
Despite the hype, vaping is far from innocent. The clouds of vapor that are exhibited by e-cigarettes and other vaping devices leave a cloudy residue on anything they encounter, from surfaces to carpets to furniture. Think about it: anywhere that air can go inside a home, vapor can, too. This includes inside air vents and ductwork, where problems could go undiscovered for months or even years.

The idea that vapor creates the so much problem is that it is not water, but glycerin. It is clear, but it does not just evaporate into the air. It is somewhat oily. The emissions from an e-cigarette are more like as aerosol gas than water vapor. It comprises bits that are made up of chemicals, flavoring, and preservatives. When these particles come in touch with a surface, they cling to it. Over time, these particles can produce a thick film that is tough – and costly- to get rid of.

While solid surfaces like shutters and glasses can be cleaned down relatively quickly, other surfaces including carpets, painted surfaces, and ductwork are not. Cleaning the filmy residue that vaping leaves on surfaces like these is both pricey and time-consuming and may cause lasting damage to some objects.

For example, the particles of vapor can’t be cleaned up with water, so fabrics and carpets may require to be cleaned professionally multiple times a year. Decorated walls are another challenge because they are permeable and vapor particles will immerse into every pore. The more textured your walls are, the more quickly this sticky film will strengthen upon them. The film must be scoured off repeatedly, but the scrubbing itself could ruin the paint.

With so much potential to damage your Merritt Island rental home’s interiors, it just makes sense to forbid the use of e-cigarettes along with other forms of smoking. At Real Property Management Brevard, we carry out routine property evaluations to check for signs of vaping inside your rental homes. Our expert property managers observe your properties, ensuring excellent lease compliance and protecting the value of your investment. To learn more, contact us online or call us directly at 321-610-8022.