Radio Iowa and North Iowa News contributed to this story.
Des Moines, Iowa – The state’s registry of smoke-free rental properties is undating its features to appeal to more users.
Emily Vogt, who helps coordinate the Smoke Free Homes Registry for the Iowa Department of Public Health, says the detailed list of more than 1,200 smoke-free properties has been online since 2016 as a community resource.
There are seven listings for residences in the Floyd County area listed. Three are in Charles City and one in Nora Sprigs. Three more are listed for Butler County, but none are listed for Chickasaw, Mitchell, Howard or Winneshiek Counties.
The website is updated with new options so potential renters can learn more about the neighborhood they’re considering.
If apartment managers set aside a few individual units in a building as non-smoking, Vogt says those units likely won’t be as healthy as renters would hope.
To make the registry, a property must have at least one building that is 100-percent smoke-free and must have this specified in the lease language. More than 80-percent of all Iowans are non-smokers, according to Vogt, and 74-percent of Iowa renters say they would choose to live in a non-smoking building.