Added Jan 22 2012
I live in an apartment building right near Palmer and Kimball. There are residents in the building who smoke cigarettes and marijuana. I understand that cigarette smoking isn't against the law and I'm sure many people think that pot should be legal to smoke. I would not really care what anyone in my building is smoking, except for the fact that the ventilation system in my building is awful and the smoke enters other units and fills up our stairwells. This is a concern to my wife and me because we actually care about our health and the health of our 10 month old son.
We think we know who it is in the building that is responsible for the smoke, but would not want to call anyone out on it directly. We have complained to our management company, who attached a rider to all of our leases saying that smoking in the building was against policy and anyone doing it would be liable to termination of their lease and/or fined; however, the management company refuses to do anything about it. I have also posted a notice on the walls in the stairwell asking people to not smoke in the building because the smoke moves between the units easily, but all that accomplished was getting the notes ripped off the walls and thrown at my doorstep (even though the notes were anonymous).
Is there anything we can do to get the smoking in the building to stop, since our management company will not act on the policies they set forth in the lease rider? Is calling 311 an option? The management company told me at one point to call the police if it bothered me so much, but I wouldn't know who I would be calling the police on in the 7 other units in my building.
Any advice would be appreciated. It's the middle of winter and we can't exactly keep our windows open for ventilation all the time.