Identifying and preventing neighbour cigarette smoke smell

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Identifying and preventing neighbour cigarette smoke smell

Post by obothewizard » Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:02 am

Hi there,

I am looking for some advice/guidance on how best to locate and ultimately insulate/prevent the flow of cigarette smoke from the downstairs neighbour into my flat. I live on the upper floor of a Victorian terrace with the neighbour on the ground floor. The neighbour has a sitting room to the back of the building which is above my kitchen. There is a wooden floor in the kitchen and I can't tell where the smell is coming from, though I have a suspicion it's coming in from between the gap by the kitchen sink and opposite window. Wherever it is coming in from is completely invading my privacy and the whole flat is saturated with a noxious acrid stench.

I moved into the flat last December and have tried to ignore it until now but it has become untenable. I have complained to my landlord who said this has never been an issue before with previous tenants, so I believe it must have something to do with renovation work recently done in the kitchen. A new floor was laid down in the kitchen last summer before I moved in so it's likely the problem has arisen from that time. I have rung around several tradesman including floor specialists and general builders in the hope of getting someone to inspect the area and suggest a course of action but have not been successful so far.

I would be really grateful if anyone could suggest a suitable tradesman who might be able to help work out where the smell is coming from plus provide a solution. My landlord has suggested getting an extractor fan fitted but I am not sure whether this is the appropriate course of action to take and would prefer a professional opinion!

Any questions let me know! Thank you! :-)
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Re: Identifying and preventing neighbour cigarette smoke sme

Post by wine~o » Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:05 pm


Cigarette smoke cannot penetrate solid walls /ceilings, so unless there is a gap/hole right thru to the floor below or a common ventilation shaft... :dunno:

I'd take your landlords offer of fitting an extractor fan for a start.
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