Rental properties offering swimming pools are well sought after in our hot QLD climate. Being able to host get-togethers with friends and family on a hot summer weekend or enjoying a quiet dip after a busy workday is highly appealing to most people living in our sunshine state. There are, however, some necessities you need to consider if you are a landlord who leases out a property with a swimming pool included.
Need to know
A pool safety certificate is mandatory for any investment property. The certificate will be valid for two years from the issue date, and a licensed pool safety inspector must issue the certificate. You can choose to have any licensed pool safety inspector of your preference complete the inspection and supply a certificate.
At the start of each new tenancy, the tenant receives a copy of the current pool safety certificate. Your agent will provide this to your tenants on your behalf.
At any stage, you can check if your pool is compliant by searching the QBCC Pool Register.
Your property manager should be in contact with you two months before the pool safety certificate expiring to arrange a new certificate to be issued before the current one expires – ensuring no gaps in compliance for your property. Once compliant, your agent will supply a copy to you for your records and your tenant.
At the compliancy inspection, the pool inspector will determine if the pool area is compliant or non-compliant based on multiple items, including the correct display of a CPR instruction sign, fence height and material, gates, climbable objects and doors and windows.
You can check yourself if your pool will be compliant by completing QBCC’s Pool Compliance Checklist.
What happens if it’s non-compliant?
If your pool fails the initial compliance inspection, you will have 90 days (3 months) to rectify any issues noted on the pool safety inspection. When the items mentioned are corrected by relevant contractors, we must then have the pool safety inspector re-attend the property to ensure repairs completed are up to standard.
If the compliancy is not rectified within 90 days, the inspector must notify the local government. The local government may take enforcement action, impose penalties, or take other action.
If you have any further questions about pool compliance, please look at the links below.