Smokers lie in order to rent a home
Published 01/09/2010 | 15:43
A third of smokers are being forced to lie about their habit to find a home to rent, a survey has indicated.
Only 7% of landlords will allow tenants to smoke in their properties, with 38% saying they would evict someone who smoked indoors, according to flatshare website Easyroommate.co.uk.
The group found 67% of smokers are living in non-smoking accommodation, with 34% lying about their habit in order to secure a flatshare.
Nearly a third of smokers even claim they have considered giving up the habit in order to find somewhere to live.
Smokers are also unpopular with fellow tenants, with only 19% of people saying they would be prepared to share a home with a smoker, while 37% said they would only do so if their housemate agreed to just smoke outdoors.
Jonathan Moore, the director of Easyroommate.co.uk, said: "With smoking in pubs and restaurants off the cards, the last refuge for smoking - at home - is being eroded now, too.
"There's been a strong shift in attitudes towards smoking, and the tolerance levels of smokers since the smoking ban. Smoker-friendly accommodation has been squeezed as a result."
The group found smoking was most prevalent among younger people, who are also more likely to be looking for a flatshare than other age groups.
Around 27% of 25- to 34-year-olds are smokers, while the average age of someone looking to share rented accommodation is 27.
:: The survey was based on the responses of 1,821 people questioned during August.