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New Pool Safety Laws in Queensland

23 Nov 2010 Brian Brady 0 Comment

Just a reminder to property owners in North Brisbane that Queensland’s new pool safety laws will come into effect on December 1st. From this point onwards it will be mandatory for all residential pools to undergo safety inspections at the point of sale or the point of lease.
 
The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) have raised the issue though that there may not actually be enough pool safety inspectors to go around on the date that the new rules apply.
 
According to REIQ research, “12,000 sales of homes with non-shared pools potentially take place in Queensland every year. The REIQ understands, however, that there has not been one pool safety inspection licence issued less than three weeks out from when the new pool safety laws come into effect.”
 
So the issue is who will be able to conduct pool safety inspections when the new pool laws come into effect if no one is licensed to do so?
 
In response the State Government has said that there will be 300 building certifiers licensed to inspect pools for a year, but the REIQ believes that they will have a hard time trying to fit in pool inspections with their regular duties.
 
We will have to wait and see what happens when the new pool safety laws come into effect, but if you are looking to sell or lease your property in this time, and you have a pool, then it might be a good idea to book in your pool safety inspection as soon as you possibly can in case you face long delays.

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