Real Estate & Property Management

Tenants may move out … but leave odors behind.

In a survey of current and potential tenants, 90% said bad smells could “make or break a deal” to rent a property.

When selling or renting real estate or managing a commercial property, foul odors can drive away potential renters, bring tenant complaints, and lower property values. Fresh Wave IAQ products use plant-based ingredients to safely, effectively remove odors and boost tenant satisfaction. Using Fresh Wave IAQ also allows property managers to meet LEED certification requirements.

Odor Sources
  • Smoke (cannabis and tobacco)
  • Pet odors
  • Mold, must, and mildew
  • Bleach and cleaning chemicals
  • Synthetic air fresheners and diffusers
  • Public restrooms and shared spaces

Commercial Rental Property

In many commercial property lease agreements, a “quiet enjoyment” clause may be built in. This clause promises a tenant rights to peace and quiet, basic services, and a clean premises (including an odor-free environment).

Whether it’s tobacco smoke or restroom odors, smells can be a key factor in the agreement of quiet enjoyment. The details of owner or manager responsibility can vary, depending on whether the property is residential or commercial. But negligence in this area can result in costly disputes, not to mention loss of current or potential renters.

Managing odors is part of the business for all types of properties, including office buildings, schools, retail building, and restaurants. Fresh Wave IAQ products and equipment help to limit common odor issues, including:

Garbage rooms
Laundry rooms
Loading docks
Fitness areas

Real Estate Rentals

Using traditional cleaning methods (Ozone machines, repainting, replacing carpeting), the cost to effectively clean and deodorize a two-bedroom apartment unit rented by a heavy smoker could range from $8,000-$15,000 per unit. According to turnover rate calculations created by SatisFacts and Multifamily Insiders, that’s double or triple the average turnover cost of $4,000. With the increase in legalization for cannabis consumption, smoke from marijuana can be a new odor source.

Pets can also leave stubborn odors in apartments, condos, rental homes, and shared spaces. According to, almost 50% of renters own a pet. Bodily fluids (urine and feces), food odors, and “wet dog” smells can embed themselves in carpets, furniture, and building common areas.

Lingering odors in rental properties can result in:
  • Complaints from residents and neighboring properties
  • Pest infestations
  • Negative customer reviews
  • Loss of current and potential renters
  • Damage to property brand
  • Lawsuits or disputes

Fresh Wave IAQ’s line of natural odor removers can be used to eliminate tough pet and smoke odors, without the need for harsh chemicals. Because our products completely get rid of odors, they help you limit complaints and reduce property turnaround time.

Benefits of Fresh Wave IAQ


Uses the natural power of plant oils to remove a broad spectrum of odors from renters.


Non-toxic, non-hazardous, biodegradable, non-flammable, and no harmful VOCs means it’s safe to use by staff, around tenants.


Proven by independent and customer labs to reduce smells.


Products and equipment effective on any odor, from any source.

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"In the commercial real estate sector, keeping locations safe and odor-free is vital for both making tenants happy and enhancing the value of the property. [Using Fresh Wave IAQ] is a great example of how any building can effectively deal with common odor issues."

Monty Boland, Founder of Boland Real Estate Services in Washington D.C.

Contact us to learn more about natural odor solutions at your facility.