Smoking can devalue house prices

Smokers who light up in their front rooms could be reducing the value of their properties, according to new research.

The survey says a quarter of buyers would expect a discount on a property if there was evidence a smoker lived there.

The news is even worse for those who rent, with 60 per cent of landlords saying they would not even consider letting their properties to a smoker.

Half of landlords said they would consider increasing the rent for a smoker and a third have held back deposits to cover cleaning and repair costs after damage from tobacco smoke.