In January, a new California law went into effect giving landlords and property managers the power to manage smoking in rentals. While the law was aimed at curbing secondhand smoke, the Towbes Group had another motivation: saving money.
Jim Carrillo, a Towbes vice president, told the Los Angeles Times that it costs twice as much to clean an apartment for the next renter if the previous tenant was a smoker. And since his group turns about 1,000 units a year, those costs add up quickly.
"You can mask it with paint, but in order to totally remove the residue, you have to scrape the walls," Carrillo said. He added that countertops and cabinets also need intense cleansing treatments.
For new tenants, the ban goes into effect immediately, but current tenants have until the end of the year to comply.
California isn't the only place legislating against smoking in apartments. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently proposed a new law that would require residential buildings to explicitly write policies addressing its smoking rules. "We're not trying to ban anything," Bloomberg said at a press conference. "I've always believed, as you know, that if you want to smoke, I think you should have a right to do so. But it kills you."
While the rule wouldn't prohibit smoking, Bloomberg admitted to the The Wall Street Journal that he hopes more buildings would become smoke-free.
California's Biggest Landlord Bans Smoking in Apartments
The 14 contestants on ABC's soon-to-debut reality show "The Glass House" (which, uh, may or may not be premiering June 18 -- check your local listings) will be staying in a home made entirely of glass. But they likely won't have the creature comforts of these actual glass beauties. From sweeping windowed walls that look onto extravagant ocean views to super-modern glass staircases and glass-enclosed dining rooms, these homes are sure to outshine the contestants' temporary digs.
Location: Crystal Bay, Nev.
Price: $43 million
Sq. ft.: 8,694
This stunning glass and steel home perched above the shores of Lake Tahoe, and anchored in granite, is an unmatched architectural gem. It's also a behemoth, at nearly 9,000 square feet.
With glass walls extending nearly the length of the whole house, you'll feel like you're walking outside instead of indoors. The great room has panoramic views from all angles. Other features include a breakfast nook in the kitchen, a glass wall in the master bathroom and wraparound decks.
Massive walls of glass make everything open in this home. Sitting on 13.5 acres, it's so large we don't even know the square footage! There are long open galleries leading from one end of the house to the other and a large pool. Take a dip!
Location: Indian Wells, Calif.
Price: $12 million
Sq. ft.: 18,404
The design of this home is timeless: The living and dining areas "float" between two large sunrooms, with glass walls that open up to the vast outdoor areas. And you'll get some of the most gorgeous canyon and mountain views money can buy.
Location: Los Angeles
Price: $5.45 million
Sq. ft.: 3,538
Glass panels line the walls of this luxe L.A. mansion, where you can get a different, amazing view from almost every room. Look out onto the serene raised pool that spills over like a waterfall; walk further and take in a wide view of an interior courtyard with sky roof.
Location: New Canaan, Conn.
Price: $2.795 million
Sq. ft.: 1,773
A giant glass entry way adds elegance to this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home situated on 2.2 acres in Connecticut. It's the perfect place to look out onto the beautifully manicured lawns surrounding the house, a "true masterpiece" built in the 1950s with high ceilings, original period fixtures and original cabinetry.
From inside the entry of the home, you get a grand view of the surrounding greenery outside. Of course, if you're not satisfied with the main residence, there's a guest cottage on the property. Everyone needs a vacation from home.
You'll be bathed in sunlight in the living room, which has floor-to-ceiling windows. By the way, there is an approved building site on the lot in case you want to expand -- just make sure to keep the original home intact.
Price: $1.85 million
Sq. ft.: 5,429
With a glass wall overlooking terraces and a pool (and, best of all, a floating staircase!), this inspired glass house was dreamed up by award-winning architects and celebrity designer Marina Floccari. It's even been a favorite for photo shoots by publications such as Veranda and Jezebel!
Soaring ceilings reaching 25 feet high give the massive living quarters an airy feel and, as seen above, the glass wall overlooking the pool opens it up even more. It's accurately described as "an entertainer's dream inside and out!"
This extravagant home is four stories tall with views of the Gulf of Mexico from each. Designed with openness in mind, the great room has 22-foot ceilings with ample windows. Each level is connected by a custom staircase and a glass elevator, which goes all the way up to the rooftop observation deck.
The master suite on the fourth floor includes an infinity pool and spa that overlooks nearby Lido Beach. The home also boasts state-of-the-art green features, including energy conserving electronics and rooftop solar panels.
Price: $3.9 million
Sq. ft.: 5,000
Private outdoor pools are the name of the game when it comes to penthouses. This Philadelphia pad offers floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed 270-degree views. It also has access to the upper-level outdoor terrace, which features a fully equipped kitchen, elegant lounging areas -- and that pool we were talking about.
Price: $1.289 million
Sq. Ft.: 2,560
With access to a 44th floor private pool, it is no wonder the Realtor describes this Miami penthouse as “sexy.” It has 20-foot ceilings with walls of glass that let in plenty of sunlight and offer ”jaw-dropping” views.
White flooring runs throughout to add to the sexiness. It also features top-of-the-line fixtures and appliances. The building offers an exercise room, a health spa and another swimming pool if you want to take a dip on a lower level.
Location: Laguna Beach, Calif.
Price: $3.5 million
Sq. ft.: 4,196
It's hard to tell from the front, but this home has expansive, unobstructed ocean views from floor-to-ceiling windows lining the back side of the house. Strolling from the kitchen to the living room to the bedroom, you'll never miss a gorgeous view. Plus, there's a sliding wall of glass that leads to an outdoor space with heated patios!