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   Posted 11/10/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Some people have moved in the apartment below us, and because of the horrible filtration system in our building it's all too easy to tell they're smoking.
Why? The horrible smell first off. Then it follows that my symptoms are actually getting worse (using the bathroom more and lots of nausea), the smoke sticks to the back of my throat, I can't sleep in my bedroom because the smoke is so bad in there, and I have to sleep with a sweater on my face. My fiance already has respiratory problems, and now he can't breathe. He's coughing ALL the time, and we both have head aches.

We called the office and were told it was faulty filtration, that it shouldn't be happening, and that they would fix it right away.
Here I am on my day off from school before the sun has even risen ranting because nothing has been done.
Smoking is allowed, but that's supposed to be because you shouldn't be forced to smoke with the person in the apartment below you.

I can't breathe, I'm irritated, and after everything that has been going on lately (not even going to get into that) I am really close to my breaking point. I can't eat or sleep, and now this bull.

I swear to whatever deity (or the universe even better) I am out of this apartment if they can't fix this. I can't be breathing in cigarette smoke because of the aforementioned reasons. This isn't even taking into account the other health risks that come with it. AGGGHHHHHHH.
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   Posted 11/10/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Im sorry to hear about that. It seems there should be something you can do if they dont get over there soon to fix it. Keep us posted good luck. Barb

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   Posted 11/10/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you seal off your vents with tape? Etc. It is a fire hazard if you use the wrong though so be careful.
open your windows? I know it is almost winter?
Fans at the windows?
Or tape down fans against your vents?
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   Posted 11/10/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Well LMills you will need to complain to the management again. If that doesn't work then unfortunately you will need to move. Is there some dept in your city you can call and ask for help regarding this problem? Maybe your city has a tenants rights place you could call? Have you tried closing your vents? Sorry not much help, just trying to throw ideas out there to you.
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   Posted 11/10/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess you just have to keep complaining.  In the city where I live you aren't allowed to smoke in most apartments anymore, which I think it great even though I'm not in an apartment building anymore.
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   Posted 11/10/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
They're allowed to smoke here unfortunately. We called the landlord again earlier today, and she said the reason that it wasn't fixed last night is because they've lost a lot of their maintenance crew, are understaffed, and swamped with requests. The men who went down to the apartment today were even amazed at how much this woman smokes...I'm hoping they'll be able to remedy the situation soon so we'll see :/ I just know it's causing some health problems already.
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   Posted 11/10/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Get yourself an O-zone machine if you are still stuck. They don't look like they could do the job, but they can keep cig smell out pretty well.
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   Posted 11/10/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe I'm just a bold person, but why don't you talk directly to the people who moved in? Explain your situation and ask if maybe they could open their windows and smoke next to them, or smoke outside all together.....never hurts to ask.  I used to be a smoker and if people would complain to me about it I was always more then happy to go elsewhere.

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   Posted 11/10/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I see no recourse for you other than to move. Insist that you get no penalty whatsoever for breaking your lease; if necessary, get letters from your physicians (especially about your boyfriend's respiratory problems!). People who smoke as much as your neighbor is smoking are not going to be reasonable about smoking only outside or near an open window--and it won't help very much. In our condo complex, I get constant complaints from one owner about his downstairs neighbor, who smokes outside on his balcony--but whose smoke blows upstairs and right into the upstairs neighbor's condo. We have an elderly woman who lives here; she smokes so much that you can smell the smoke outside on the walkway around her unit. Whenever I visit her, I have to come home and immediately wash my clothes and take a shower, because I reek of cigarette smoke.

Nomatter what your neighbor agrees to do when you talk to her, anyone that dependent on nonstop smoking won't be able to maintain the control to limit anything about her smoking. It may be difficult, but you need to move--as soon as possible. You'll be so happy that you did!

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   Posted 11/10/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem except it only happens in the kitchen by the sink. We can't tell where the smell comes in so it can't be fixed. Maintenance has sealed everything under there but it hasn't helped. We talked to the lady downstairs and she started smoking outside. This didn't help because then we couldn't keep our door or windows open. She's been fighting a lot with her boyfriend (another perk of apartment living!) so she's been smoking more in and out of the apartment.

We were going to move into another apartment complex. We asked the manager if people in the upper apartments could smell the cigarettes from downstairs and she laughed and told us she's never heard of such a problem, it certainly wasn't a problem in her buildings. Before we rent, we always walk around after hours and talk to current tenants. We found out it was a big problem there and many have complained about it. We heard the same thing in other places so we decided to stay where we are. This is the 6th tenant in that apartment in as many years so we figure she'll move out and we'll take our chances with the new tenants. I've asked that non-smokers get the apartment but management won't do that.

You are safe in malls, restaurants, office buildings, just about everywhere except the place you live. Apartment dwellers aren't protected from second hand smoke.

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   Posted 11/10/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
We had a similar problem before we bought our house. In fact, that was one of the reasons we bought a house. We couldn't get the apartment folks to fix it, or find us another apartment . . . they kept saying they'd fix it, and I am allergic to cigarette smoke - makes me throat close up, and I have difficulty breathing. We complained for a couple of months . . . they'd say they fixed it, but it wouldn't be any different, and then we'd complain again, and it'll take them a while, and they'd say they fixed something else . . . but all to no avail. I really think they were just "saying" that they did something, but in actuality did nothing.

The only thing I managed to do was to guilt them into letting us out of our lease. Even that, I had to threaten with lawyers before they would do that - they kept saying that there's nothing wrong and the building was built per codes, and if I had a problem, that was my problem, not theirs. I think your only recourse is to move. Perhaps your apartment complex would be nice enough to find you another apartment that you can move into.

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   Posted 11/11/2009 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd talk to them if they weren't a stubborn, little old lady.

And I can't just move. That would mean forcing my brother to move, finding a place we can actually afford, and doing all of this in the middle of finals preparation. I wish we could leave sometimes just to leave, but it's not feasible at this juncture...

I appreciate your understanding. I mainly just needed to rant to people who get it.
The smell isn't bad right now so I'm going to see how things are by the end of the week. If nothing gets fixed by then we'll go from there.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
Learning how to live again.
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