Seconding the carpet cleaning/ replacement amp; painting suggestion, but if you can avoid renting the unit alltogether that would probably be the best option.nbsp;I may get a lot of naysaying for this, but if this IS your only option that's ok my mom smoked in the house and we survived without any major issues. Don't feel bad about doing the best you can do.nbsp;Curious, what state do you live in?nbsp;
So when I was a baby, my mother didn't have to use a car seat for me, and I turned out without any major issues. So maybe it's okay if I don't use one for DD ? That's crazy logic.
Just as safety testing has proven the necessity of car seats, medical studies have confirmed the real effects of second and third hand smoke. I have chronic asthma thanks to my parents' smoking. Even if someone could negate the smoke in that specific apartment by changing out carpet and repainting, you're still surrounded by current smokers. I wouldn't do it.