You must arrange a pool safety inspection if one of the unit owners sells or leases a unit.
The new laws require that new and existing pools must comply with the new pool safety laws. The new laws apply to indoor and outdoor pools and spas in houses, townhouses, units, hotels and motels, caretaker residences, caravan parks, backpackers, hostels, mobile home parks and homestays.
There are two key forms:
Property Managers - non-shared pool
Managers need to be aware that asking for, or receiving, a fee, commission, gain or other reward for activities associated with entering into a lease, where there is no pool safety certificate for a non-shared pool, is grounds for disciplinary proceedings against the agent under the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000.
Sale or lease - Shared pools
If a pool safety certificate is not already in effect, the owner of a shared pool (e.g. the body corporate or hotel owner) must obtain a pool safety certificate within 90 days of a sale, lease or other accommodation agreement (e.g. hotel stay) taking place.
Shared pool owners, such as bodies corporate, can take advantage of a two year phase in period from 1 December 2010 to obtain a certificate unless the pool is associated with short-term accommodation (e.g. hotels) in which case the phase in period is six months.
Pool safety certificates
Only licensed inspectors may issue pool safety certificates. An electronic register of pool safety inspectors is available.
Pool safety certificates are valid for one year from date of issue for shared pools and two years for non-shared pools. If another sale or lease occurs within this validity period, another certificate is not necessary.
Pool safety certificates for shared pools must be conspicuously displayed near the main entrance to the premises or at a gate or door accessing the pool. Owners of non-shared pools do not need to display their pool safety certificates.
This information was based on information published by the Queensland Department of Local Government and Planning. For more upto date information please visit that site.
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