I am renting an apt. in a three family house. My landlord lives in the basement, there is an apt. above her, and I am on the top floor. I have been a good, consistent tenant for a long time. My rent is under market and the neighborhood is safe. Last month, the tenants below me moved out and new ones moved in. They are smokers. I didn't even realize it at first until my apt. started smelling like smoke when they are home. The front and back hallway, our common areas, reek of smoke. My landlord is more protected than I am because living in the basement underground provides insulation. I have to go down to her apt. to get to the laundry room and the smell isn't discernable there, but going through the back hallway to get to her place can be unbearable with the smell. I had two conversations with my landlord so far. I know she hates smoke, so it surprised me that she rented to smokers. Her answer was that she could not let the apartment sit vacant for long because she has a mortgage to pay. She said she would speak to the tenants about cutting back or going outside but as I sit here in my kitchen there is a smokey smell that is driving me insane. Cutting back is relative to the number of cigarettes they are each smoking per day, and I doubt they are going to go outside with winter right around the corner. I am an ex-smoker and a health and fitness fanatic. I am furious that I am being subjected to second hand smoke. Smoke can travel through hallways, under doors, and through vents. It is not confined exclusively to the smokers living quarters. I reside in MA, and have tried online searches to determine if I have any rights or recourse as a renter but nothing comes up. Tomorrow I plan to try to contact the board of health in my area. If anyone has suggestions or information, I sure would appreciate it!