It all depends on what your lease says -- if your lease prohibits smoking and you smoke, you are in breach and there may be remedies available to a landlord besides eviction. Consult an attorney for a thorough review of your lease.
A breach of contract is a breach of contract.
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I agree with the previous answer and I would caution you to never take legal advice from your landlord.
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Thank you for your question. The property manager's statement is overly broad. I agree with the other responding attorney: if it is in the lease, then you can be evicted for breaching the term of the lease. However, the property manager may have had some experience with the justice of the peace in your precinct and knows that the JP will not enforce that particular provision of the lease. All of that aside, I can almost guaranty you that by smoking in your apartment, the landlord is going to keep your deposit.