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Lease Addendum 2017 Public Notice

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The following Lease Addendum from The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston will be effective as of September 1, 2017. 



The No Smoking Lease Addendum can be viewed on our website at, at the Housing Authority’s Main Office, Applications Office located at 550 Meeting Street, and the Managment Offices located at 183 President Street, 20 Franklin Street and 562 Meeting Street.

Please contact your management office for more information.           

Posted 2/22/2017:




Property Name________________________________Unit number__________________

Resident Name(s): _________________________________________

Resident address:  _________________________________________


The following terms, conditions and rules are hereby incorporated into the Rental Agreement for the above unit effective September 1, 2017.

Tenant and all members of Tenant's family or household are parties to a written lease with Landlord (the Lease). The following additional terms, conditions and rules are hereby incorporated into the Lease. A breach of this Lease Addendum shall give each party all the rights contained herein, as well as the rights in the Property Rules and the Lease.

1. Purpose of No-Smoking Policy. Due to the increased risk of fire, increased maintenance cost, and the health effect of secondhand smoke, Landlord is adopting the following No Smoking Policy which prohibits smoking in any interior common areas, including but not limited to community rooms, community bathrooms, lobbies, reception areas, hallways, stairways, offices and within living units. This policy applies to all residents, guests, visitors, service personnel and employees.

2. Definition of Smoking. The term “smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, breathing, or carrying any or in possession of an lighted cigar, cigarette, pipes , water pipes (also known as hookahs) or other tobacco product or similar lighted product in any manner or in any form. Including natural or synthetic tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation.

3. Smoke-Free Complex. Tenant agrees and acknowledges that the premises to be occupied by Tenant and members of Tenant's household have been designated as a smoke-free living environment. Tenant and members of Tenant's household shall not smoke anywhere in the unit rented by Tenant, or the building where the Tenant's dwelling is located within 25 feet of any of the common areas such as the stairwells, patios, playgrounds, laundry rooms, offices, and community rooms of the rental community, nor shall Tenant permit any guests or visitors under the control of Tenant to do so.

4. Tenant to Promote No-Smoking Policy and to Alert Landlord of Violations. Tenant shall inform Tenant's guests of the no-smoking policy. Further, Tenant shall promptly give Landlord a written statement of any incident where tobacco smoke is migrating into the Tenant's unit from sources outside of the Tenant's apartment unit.

5. Landlord to Promote No-Smoking Policy. Landlord shall post no-smoking signs at entrances and exits, common areas, hallways, playgrounds, and in conspicuous places adjoining common areas of the apartment complex.

6. Landlord Not a Guarantor of Smoke-Free Environment. Tenant acknowledges that Landlord's adoption of a smoke-free living environment, and the efforts to designate the rental complex as smoke-free does not make the Landlord or any of its managing agents the guarantor of Tenant's health or of the smoke-free condition of the Tenant's unit and the common areas. However, Landlord shall take reasonable steps to enforce the smoke-free terms of its lease. Landlord is not required to take steps in response to smoking unless Landlord knows of said smoking or has been given written notice of said smoking.

7. Other Tenants are Third-Party Beneficiaries of Tenant's Agreement. Tenant agrees that the other Tenants at the complex are the third-party beneficiaries of Tenant's smoke free addendum agreements with Landlord. (In layman's terms, this means that Tenant's commitments in this Addendum are made to the other Tenants as well as to Landlord.) A Tenant may sue another Tenant for an injunction to prohibit smoking or for damages, but does not have the right to evict another Tenant. Any suit between Tenants herein shall not create a presumption that the Landlord breached this Addendum.

8. Effect of Breach and Right to Terminate Lease. A breach of this Lease Addendum shall give each party all the rights contained herein, as well as the rights in the rules and the Lease. A material breach of this Addendum shall be a material breach of the Lease and will be good cause for immediate termination or non-renewal of the Lease by the Landlord. Additionally, if Tenant should breach this Addendum, Tenant shall reimburse Landlord for any and all expenses incurred to restore the unit to a smoke free condition.

9. Disclaimer by Landlord. Tenant acknowledges that Landlord's adoption of a smoke free living environment, and the efforts to designated portions of the property as smoke-free does not in any way change the standard of care that the Landlord would have to a Tenant household to render buildings and premises designated as smoke free any safer, more habitable, or improved in terms of air quality standards than any other rental premises. Landlord specifically disclaims any implied or expressed warranties that the building, common areas, or Tenant's premises will have any higher or improved air quality standards than any other rental property. Landlord cannot and does not warranty or promise that the rental premises or common areas will be free from secondhand smoke. Tenant acknowledges that Landlord's ability to police, monitor, or enforce the agreements of this Addendum is dependent in significant part on voluntary compliance by Tenant and Tenant’s guests. Tenants with respiratory ailments, allergies, or any other physical or mental condition relating to smoke are put on notice that Landlord does not assume any higher duty of care to enforce this Addendum than any other landlord obligation under the Lease and Rules.








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A message from our President/Chief Executive Officer:

The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston was born of action on December 18, 1934 by a vote of the Charleston City Council. However, the actual permission for such a "creation" came via statute in the South Carolina General Assembly in March of 1934.

We have come a long way in our society, our City and our personal relationships. Nevertheless, the need for Public housing still exists today. We have so much more to do before we can truly say, the job is done.

Donald J. Cameron
President/Chief Executive Officer
Housing Authority of the City of Charleston