A guide to the smoking ban in blocks of flats.

Since 2007, the internal communal areas of block of flats must be smoke-free by law. Residents who smoke in the internal communal areas can be prosecuted by the local authority and fined up to £200.

No-smoking signs should be placed in all internal communal areas. There are different regulations about signage for England and Wales but it’s an offence not to display the signs.

Whether or not you agree with the smoke-free law, your landlord and managing agent have a duty to prevent anyone from smoking in the communal parts of your block. If they don’t, they can be fined.