Are secondhand smoke bullies in your condo or HOA making your life miserable? Is secondhand smoke a threat to your health, children or pets? Has your condo board refused to take decisive action? You’re not alone. Condo/HOA rights expert Dr. Joyce Starr shares stories of three owners who confronted condo secondhand smoke bullies and the barriers they faced.
Do you truly understand what you’re up against? Should you call the police, fire department or city? Should you hire an attorney? Is the law on your side in your state? Should you run for the board and change your documents? Should you move? Much to the chagrin of many, there is no simple “fix.” It’s not that each case is different. In fact, secondhand smoke victims face common obstacles and options. But your choice of options – your path forward – requires a knowledge of consequences.
Dr. Starr provides key lessons learned at the close of each chapter: What might happen IF you threaten the board, hire an attorney, sue the board, sue the owner, represent yourself in court, work to modify your documents and so on. Dialogue and story-telling bring that message home. She also provides bountiful statistics on the impact of secondhand smoke on adults, children, cats and dogs – along with critical fire data.. Employ this vital information in your efforts to persuade the board and fellow owners. When board members are ready to modify your documents, the author’s book, Smoke Free Condos – How We Restricted Smoking Inside Condominium Units and Declared Secondhand Smoke a Nuisance – will help ensure a positive outcome. (See our Condominium & HOA Series Page on Amazon.)