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Pool Fencing Laws Queensland

Queensland's pool safety laws apply to pools associated with houses, townhouses, units, hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, homestay accommodation and caravan parks (building classes 1-4 as defined under the Building Code of Australia).
Pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety standard, or earlier if they sell or lease their property before then. Different rules apply depending on whether the pool is a shared pool or non-shared pool.

Non-shared pools

If a pool is only accessible to residents of 1 dwelling, such as a private house or private spa on a unit balcony, it is a non-shared pool.

Shared pools

If residents of 2 or more dwellings can use a pool, such as a body corporate pool, it is a shared pool.

Pool safety forms

A Form 23—Pool safety certificate is required in Queensland when selling or leasing a property with a regulated pool. The owner must complete Form 36—Notice of no pool safety certificate when selling or entering into an accommodation agreement (e.g. lease, hotel stay) for a premises with a regulated pool if a pool safety certificate is not in effect for the pool. This form only needs to be completed once, unless the required information changes after the form is completed. This form cannot be used for an accommodation agreement for a premises with a non-shared pool (e.g. house). In allot of cases to have your pool up to the new standards could cost you hundreds and even thousands of dollars. In a recent survey it was found that 8 out od 10 rental property's will not meet the new regulations. Land lords these days are watching every penny they spend on their rental property's and to go to the expense of fencing the entire area and fix up all the non compliant issues will make allot of landlords think twice about having the pool in the first place and the extra rent they receive for the pool on the property appose to the costs to upgrade to new fencing regulations. Filling in the pool will also become very popular as it solves all the headaches in a fowl swoop.

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