Smoke Free - England July 2007
Dr David Smith of Pain Smith Solicitors*
Solicitors Legal Advisor
Following on from Scotland and Wales, England goes "Smoke Free" on the
1st July 2007.
David Smith of Pain Smith Solicitors has produced the following brief for Landlords,
Tenants, agents employers and other parties who could be affected by the new rules.
1 July it will no longer be permissible to smoke in public places in England.
This will mean that any place with public access or where people work must be
in most cases private residences will not fall into this bracket certain types
of property usage will require action. Communal stairwells and corridors in flats
and HMO's will have to be smoke free if they are open to the public or if someone,
such as a cleaner, works there. This will mean that many block managing agents
will need to observe the law in regard to blocks of flats they are responsible
free premises will have to display appropriate signage. These signs will have
to be of at least A5 size and display the international no-smoking symbol with
a diameter of at least 70mm. The words "No Smoking. It is against the law to smoke
in these premises" will also need to be on the sign.
Example from a Notice board in a block of flats
signs can be modified by changing the words "these premises" to a more appropriate
description of the premises which are referred to. So they could be amended to
refer to "this building" or "these flats" for example. The signs must be displayed
at every entrance to smokefree premises. More information can be found on the
Smokefree England website at www.smokefreeengland.co.uk.
David Smith is a trainee solicitor with PainSmith Solicitors, a niche practice
specialising in residential landlord and tenant law.
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advice. If you do have a legal problem, you should talk to a lawyer or adviser
before making a decision about what to do.
may wish to use the CLS/CDS Directory (www.justask.org.uk/public/en/directory)
to locate an adviser. The information provided here is written for people resident
in, or affected by, the laws of England and Wales only.
should note that date given in the update and be aware that the information given
may become inaccurate due to changes in the law or its implementation.
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