Are you okay with guests smoking outside? Or do you specify that a no-smoking house means no smoking on the premises? I am feeling SO frustrated right now with smokers.
Backstory- we bought this house this summer, and it had a cigarette smell left over from the last tenant. We’ve spent thousands of dollars on replacing everything in the house that would have absorbed the smell, paying for professional furnace/air duct cleaning, buying an ozone machine, etc. We finally had the smell pretty much gone.
My guests last weekend stayed for 2 days. When I got there to clean, I saw cigarette butts ALL over the property. Then I went in and started cleaning, only to discover that they had smoked in one of the bathrooms as well! The smell was really strong back there, so I cleaned really well and ran the ozone machine off and on for 2 days so that the house wouldn’t smell for the guest checking in today.
Got the notification from my security camera that today’s guests had arrived, checked the footage (to verify number of guests), and I see that the first thing the husband does when he gets out of the car is light a cigarette, take a few puffs, and then toss it in my driveway. Aaaaaaaaaaaagggghhhhh!!! I did just message the wife last night letting her know that the house might have a smell from the ozone machine I had been running, and that I hoped that it got rid of the cigarette smell from the previous guest who broke house rules. So if they do smoke in the house, there is no excuse that they didn’t know the rules. But I already know that I will end up picking up a week’s worth of cigarette butts when they leave, and that really pisses me off.
I do need to go over to do yard maintenance at some point this weekend, so I will address it with the guest if I see butts all over. But other than asking them to pick up their trash, I’m not sure how to handle it or what I can even say if they claim to only smoke outside. Obviously, I need to be more specific in my listing that No Smoking means NO SMOKERS. I really hate that I’m constantly having to update my listing to spell out every little thing that I expect guests to do that should just be common courtesy (like don’t leave garbage on the floor.)