Tenants also affected by recent Swimming Pools Act NSW amends

05-Feb-2014

Tenants are urged to notify landlords immediately of any damage they detect to any barrier surrounding a pool on a residential property that they are renting.

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in young children who lack the necessary skills to deal with the danger of backyard swimming pools and this was made very evident last week with 2 toddlers drowning in swimming pools on the Central Coast.

In 2012 a comprehensive review of the swimming pools act 1992 (NSW) was finalised.  This review identified a number of amendments designed to enhance the safety for children under the age of 5 years around private backyard swimming pools.

The definition of a swimming pool is an excavation, structure or vessel:

a. that is capable of being filled with water to a depth greater that 300 millimetres and

b. that is solely or principally used or that is designed, manufactured or adapted to be solely or principally used for the purpose of swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity.

 

Pool fencing must be:

  • A child-restraint barrier that separates the pool from any residential building on the premises and from any public or private place adjoining the premises
  • Free from defect, sturdy with no climbing points
  • Free from any loose panels
  • Free from gaps where a small child can squeeze through
  • Have a self closing and locking gate that cannot be opened by a child under 6 years
  • Free from vegetation and climbing points around the perimeter
  • The fencing should enclose the pool.

So tenants are urged to notify landlords immediately of any damage they detect to any barrier surrounding a pool on a residential property that they are renting.  Tenants are also reminded that section 64 of the Act enables tenants to carry out urgent repairs and be reimbursed up to $1000 for any fault or damage that causes the premises to be unsafe under certain circumstances, including if the landlord or agent cannot be contacted or does not carry out the repairs within a reasonable time.

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