As with leasing a property to a new tenant, a property with a pool cannot be sold without a valid pool safety certificate.
Starting at $220, Defence PoolSafe can inspect your property in order to issue a certificate.
One other option exists: the issuance of a ‘form 36,’ a notice of no pool safety certificate, before settlement and before the contract.
The buyer’s real estate agent should make the buyer aware of his responsibility to obtain a valid pool safety certificate within 90 days from the time of settlement.
Q: Why are pool fencing laws necessary?
A: Pool fencing laws are primarily in place to protect our children. Drowning is the number-one cause of death for children ages one to four in Queensland. After the first pool safety laws went into effect in Queensland in 1991, incidences of child drownings dropped by fifty percent. Despite those encouraging results, worrisome statistics still abound. Forty-one children under the age of five drowned in Queensland-area residential pools between 2004 and mid-2010. The average age of a child drowning victim in Queensland is just two. New regulations have been phased in over the last two years in order to reduce these tragic incidences even more. By bringing every pool in Queensland into compliance – which involves effective fences and barriers for all pools – it is hoped that children will be kept safer than ever.
Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about the pool safety register; what is it?
A: The pool safety register is a critical component of Queensland’s new pool safety regulations. The initial register was populated using the records of regulated pools that are kept by local governments in Queensland. It is designed to enforce pool owners’ compliance with current pool safety laws. All pool safety certificates will be recorded in the register. As of 28 February 2011, you will be able to check the register to ensure that your pool is listed. In the event that it is not listed, you will have to register it properly by the deadline, which is 4 November 2011. Failure to register your pool could result in a fine of up to $2,000, so make sure that you act fast.
Q: I manage one rental property that has had three different tenants within two years. If the same thing happens over the next two years, will I have to arrange for three separate inspections and pay three sets of fees?
A: No. Pool safety certificates for non-shared pools are valid for two years. Therefore, you can use one pool safety certificate regardless of how many tenants live on the property over those two years.
Q: As a real estate agent, I will probably have to juggle many different pool safety certificates. Should I keep a record of when they expire and make arrangements for inspections in two years?
A: One of the perks of hiring Defence PoolSafe is that we can keep track of your pool safety certificate expiry dates for you. Within a few months of expiration, we will contact you so that you can take the appropriate action.
Q: I manage several rental properties. I have a few leases that expire in the beginning of 2011. Should I have inspections performed now, or can I wait until the May 2011 deadline?
A: It’s much better to have your inspections performed now. If repairs are necessary, waiting until the deadline could result in non-compliance. As the deadline nears, repairers will be in high demand, too.
Q: Do Defence PoolSafe inspectors make minor repairs?
A: No. At Defence PoolSafe, we strictly focus on pool safety certification. We’ll never try to sell you anything. We can however make arrangements to have a suitable licensed trades person assist you with hte repairs. Pool safety inspectors are only allowed to make repairs when they have a QBSA builders or tradesman licence.
Q: If I need to make repairs to make my pool compliant, do I have to use the same inspector for the second inspection?
A: Yes. Pool fence inspectors are required, by law, to re-inspect pool fences once repairs have been made. As a pool owner, you are also bound by law to use the same pool safety inspector for your second inspection, if one is necessary. This is another reason why choosing the right inspection company is so critical.
Q: Different companies seem to charge random prices for their pool fence inspections. How do I know that I’m getting a fair price?
A: At Defence PoolSafe, you never have to worry about any unpleasant surprises in terms of pricing. We offer a fully itemised price list and display it prominently on our website. Unlike many other companies, we won’t quote you a rock-bottom price for an initial inspection, only to turn around and charge you an exorbitant price for a re-inspection. Since we don’t perform minor repairs, you don’t have to worry about being subjected to many miscellaneous fees related to them. Always inquire about re-inspection fees before signing up with any pool inspection company. Otherwise, you could be at the receiving end of a very expensive surprise!
Q: Are pool inspectors required to carry insurance?
A: Yes. In Queensland, all pool inspectors must have, at minimum, $1m professional indemnity insurance. However, Defence PoolSafe carries $10m professional indemnity insurance, since we believe the $1m isn’t sufficient to help a family that’s experienced a child drowning. On top of that, we have $20m public liability cover.