Boston launches smoke-free housing registry

Boston landlords and tenants who want to clear the air in their buildings have a new tool in their arsenal — a smoke-free housing registry unveiled today by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The interactive online registry allows landlords to list properties in which smoking is prohibited, and gives consumers the ability to search the site for smoke-free dwellings by neighborhood, number of bedrooms desired, and price range.

Speaking at a Dorchester news conference this morning, Menino encouraged landlords to list their properties, saying it is good business sense.

“It’s one-stop shopping for the landlords,’’ Menino said

“It’s free,’’ he added. “Nobody has to pay a dime to list their properties.’’

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The registry was created by the Boston Public Health Commission, and commission officials said they would help provide technical assistance to landlords who need help transitioning their properties to smoke-free dwellings.

They said there is a common misconception that landlords are prohibited from banning smoking on their properties.

“It can be part of the lease, the same as if you have a no-pets policy,’’ said Margaret Reid, director of the commission’s healthy homes division.

Michelle Green, chief operating officer of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, said that the organization intends to make 300 of its 780 units smoke-free by the end of 2012.

“We have a vision for the community,’’ she said, “to have good quality jobs and healthy homes.’’

The registry is available at www.bostonsmokefreehomes.org.

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