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Pool Safety Laws vary depending on which state your property is located in

Posts on Jan 1970

I have doors that open up onto the pool area. Do they comply?

It depends. If your pool fence was constructed before 1990, and the doors are compliant with the laws that applied at the time, you may be entitled to continue to use the doors as a barrier. We will inspect your pool barrier and compare it to the Standards that existed when the pool was built (or substantially altered) to give you the best chance of continuing to comply with earlier standards.

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I thought only Councils did pool inspections?

No, that is wrong.

Accredited A1, A2 & A3 Certifiers can also do inspections, which is who mypoolinspection has partnered with.

Here’s why we recommend against going to Council for inspections:

• Council dont have the staff. You’ve heard it through the media. The reason the government has pushed back the trigger date (twice) is because Councils dont have the manpower. mypoolinspection does and is ready NOW.

• Councils issue “Directions” and “Enforcement Notices”, which only give the Landlord 28 DAYS to fix fence problems.

• Councils threaten $550 FINES if you dont have it done in 28 DAYS. mypoolinspection does NOT issue fines.

• Councils look at everything in the backyard, not just the pool, which could bring on more “Directions”. mypoolinspection only look at the pool barrier.

Here’s a tip…ask to see a copy of a sample “report” from the Council before you pay them to inspect your pool

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I am selling my house. Do I need a Compliance Certificate?

You can sell your house with or without a Compliance Certificate up to 29th April 2016. But, many purchasers may be reluctant to buy your house if they dont know whether the pool barrier is compliant. We recommend that you get one to give your property a better chance of selling.

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Can I rent my house to tenants without a Compliance Certificate?

Yes, until 29th April 2016 you can rent your house with or without a Compliance Certificate. But, we recommend that you arrange your inspection now, so that you do not experience delays as April approaches. Bottlenecks with shortages of inspectors and repairers will start well before December 2015.

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Do Pool Safety Inspectors carry out minor repairs too?

A Pool Safety Inspector offering a cheap inspection fee needs to make money somewhere.

Its a conflict of interest for a Pool Inspector to I’ll need to install a new gate before I can Certify this pool fence, and then charge you an outrageous cost to do so.

Mypoolinspection does not do minor repairs, but we will arrange quotes for you, from independent repairers, obligation-free. Our inspectors don’t receive any payment if a repairers quote is approved.

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There are lots of prices being quoted for pool fence inspections by different businesses. How do I choose?

As with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Lack of service, insufficient insurance, no return phone calls, no free advice… all of these complaints are hallmarks of a lesser inspector.

mypoolinspection has fully disclosed pricing on our website, and we offer free benefits to help you pass your first inspection.

Our tip…..ask to see a sample report before you buy.

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Do Pool Inspectors have to have Insurance?

Yes. Pool Fence inspectors are required to have at least $1,000,000 Professional Indemnity Insurance. At mypoolinspection, we think $1,000,000 insurance cover is inadequate to help the family of a tragic child drowning. mypoolinspection has $10,000,000 Professional Indemnity Insurance. We also have $20,000,000 Public Liability Cover. Ask your Pool fence inspector how much cover he/she has.

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What happens from 30th November 2015? Does everyone need a pool inspection?

From 30th November 2015, every pool owner must ensure their pool complies with the Pool Safety Standard.

This does not mean you need an inspection, but you must make sure the pool barrier is compliant.

For most pool owners, it is almost impossible to understand all the legislation to work out if the pool barrier complies. Most pool owners need advice from a Pool Safety Inspector.

Consider the risks of doing nothing:

Councils have the power to enter your backyard to check your pool. They may fine you, and issue enforcement notices, if your pool does not comply.

The State Government can issue fines for non-compliance (for individuals, its more than $19,000!)

if a tragedy occurs in your pool, because your fence is non-compliant, and you are sued by the family, your insurance company might not pay out.

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