It is surprising that many who live in community do not clearly understand the guidelines that govern its daily operations. For instance, if it is a condo strata, the rules or by-laws are formed, in conformity with existing state legislation, and voted on by the owners. In fact, rules are considered the discretionary domain of a condo council when it comes to enforcing the overarching by-laws such as no smoking in common areas. It seems that the overall well-being of the members of the strata override the interests of individual owners when it comes to enjoying a smoke free environment as to the specifics of where one can smoke. Having said that, the council only investigates an alleged violation when a complaint has been made and due process is respected. Now comes the truly difficult part: the law permits strata authorities to prohibit any smoking at all in its building because of the virtual impossibility of containing smoke from escaping into hallways. The other day, at a special meeting to discuss bylaw revisions, I met another owner who was incredulous to learn that a strata council could ban anyone from smoking in their own place. Obviously, she thought that property ownership was an inviolate right that came with paying a mortgage. Another one suggested that he had the right to sell his condo to a smoker, based on the fact that he had free and clear title. Wrong again, because the strata already restricts who we can sell to when it designates the strata as excluding prospective occupants under nineteen.