Pools or spas at rental properties

If you own a rental property that has a pool or spa, you must have a:

  • compliance certificate, or
  • acknowledgement notice for the pool safety barrier in your name before you rent out your property.

This applies to:

  • properties smaller than 1.8 hectares including units and townhouses, and
  • pools or spas that hold 30cm or more of water.

Tenant responsibilities

Find out about pools or spas responsibilities for tenants.

Owner responsibilities

As the owner of a rental property, you’re responsible for making sure your pool safety barrier:

  • complies with the rules
  • meets all the conditions on the compliance certificate or acknowledgement notice including ongoing maintenance and upkeep.

You must also make sure to:

  • respond to your tenant’s requests for any repairs in a timely manner
  • install a pool safety barrier and get a compliance certificate or acknowledgement notice if your tenant installs a portable pool or spa that holds 30cm or more of water.
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If the pool was built before 1 January 2003, the property owner must have:

  • a compliance certificate or
  • an acknowledgement notice for the pool safety barrier.

The type of certification required depends on:

  • whether the property has previously been sold, transferred and leased
  • what standard the pool safety barrier has been installed to.

For information on how to get a compliance certificate or acknowledgement notice in the property owner's name, read pool fencing and spa barrier safety standards.

If the pool was built after 1 January 2003, the property owner must have a compliance certificate for the pool safety barrier issued in their name.

For information on how to get a compliance certificate in the property owner's name, read pool fencing and spa barrier safety standards.

Contact

For more information, contact the Pool Fencing Unit.


Last updated: 24 August 2020

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