For those lucky enough to have a backyard pool, you’ll already know it’s not all rainbows and daises. With drowning as one of the leading causes of death in children under 5 in Queensland*, owning a pool is a huge responsibility. When it comes to a pool in a rental property, the lines can be blurred as to who is responsible for what. To help you out, iThink property manager Peta, has outlined everything you need to know to keep yourself out of trouble this summer.
ENSURE YOUR POOL IS COMPLIANT
Owners of pools & spas in Queensland must ensure their pool complies with the pool safety standard. There are strict laws about fence heights, gates and other necessary inclusions. To help you out here are a few rules which must be followed:
- Your pool must be surrounded by a fence at a minimum height of 1200mm
- Pool gates must not open inwards to the pool area and must be self-closing and self-latching from all positions.
- There can be no direct access through a door from the house or another building, to the pool area.
- A compliant CPR sign must be displayed either attached to the pool fence, or displayed near the pool, so that the sign is easily visible to anyone near the pool.
- Remove all climbable objects within 900mm of the pool fence
To find out if your home complies, see the full list of regulations here.
OBTAIN A POOL SAFETY CERTIFICATE
When leasing a property with a pool, owners must have a pool safety certificate issued by a licensed pool safety inspector. A copy of the certificate must be included with the tenancy agreement. Pool safety certificates are only valid for 2 years, so owners make sure you keep that in mind to avoid a hefty fine.
DISCUSS POOL MAINTENANCE BEFORE SIGN UP
Before signing the tenancy agreement, the maintenance of the pool should be discussed. As a tenant, you should be responsible for everyday maintenance such as cleaning leaves from the pool but you may also be required to attend to other maintenance. Ideally, the property manager and/or owner should step you through what your requirements are.
SAFEGUARD YOUR POOL
Once the owner has ensured everything complies with the pool safety standard and have obtained a pool safety certificate, it’s time for the tenants to take responsibility for the safety. Tenants must ensure the gates or any other entrances into the pool are closed and secured at all times when not in use. They are also to ensure no climbable objects are near the fence to allow kids access to the pool.
*Statistic from Queensland and Construction Commission, 2017
PETA EDYVANE – PROPERTY MANAGER
07 3202 3040
With a genuine love of everything Property Management, some may think she is crazy, but Peta has built her successful career in the industry through dedication and hardwork and has no plans on ever changing. With no day ever the same and with a challenge always to rise to.