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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, according to a survey
A third of smokers are being forced to lie about their habit to find a home to rent, according to a survey

A third of smokers are being forced to lie about their habit to find a home to rent, a survey has indicated.

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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.

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