After multiple past attempts, the condo boards at Harbor Towers have succeeded in passing a provision to ban smoking inside the buildings, including both common areas and individual units. Harbor Towers is Boston’s largest condominium complex with 624 units and nearly 1,500 residents.
In order to obtain the 75% vote needed, the provision “grandfathers” existing owners that may continue to smoke inside their unit. Thus, the new policy only applies to new owners.
Harbor Towers follows the residences at the Ritz-Carlton Towers on Boston Common where the North Tower went completely smoke-free without a grandfather clause. Penalties for smoking include $500 fines and the right to take offenders to court.
According to a Boston Globe article, there are 23 condo associations in Suffolk County that have passed anti-smoking amendments to their bylaws.