This document defines Homes North’s approach to swimming pools in Homes North premises.
This policy acknowledges Homes North’s legal responsibilities as a landlord and outlines requirements governing tenant’s responsibilities in regard to installation and ongoing maintenance of swimming pools.
A ‘swimming pool’ under the Swimming Pools Act is defined to be ‘an excavation, structure or vessel with a depth of 300 mm or more.
Homes North tenants are able to install a permanent above ground pool, or an inflatable pool only if they comply with the strict conditions of this policy.
Homes North will not approve any type of swimming pool structure inside a building or in common areas.
To install a permanent above ground pool tenants must:
To install an inflatable or portable swimming pool tenants must:
Homes North will then provide a letter advising the tenant of their responsibilities as a swimming pool owner (see item 6).
Homes North has the authority, under the Residential Tenancies Act, to enter tenanted land without notice to remove the risk posed to residents and or visitors by a non-compliant swimming pool.
Upon learning of the existence of a non-compliant pool, Homes North officers or contractors will act to ensure the pool is emptied with 24 hours. Homes North will:
If the request to empty the pool is not complied with within 12 hours, officers or contractors will:
Take immediate action to empty the pool (to ensure the pool is empty within 24 hours of coming to Homes North attention). Issue a written notice to the tenants outlining:
|Procedural Action on a Non-Compliant Swimming Pool|
|Step 1: Upon notice of non-compliant pool|
|Step 2: Homes North Senior Housing Manager or Operations Manager will contact the tenant by phone or by site visit to the tenanted property to request the pool be emptied immediately.|
|Step 3: Officer will diplomatically explain our swimming pool policy, the Residential Tenancy Agreement and laws governing pools and the serious ramifications of not complying with the request to empty the pool.|
|Step 4: If no action is taken within 12 hours the officer will take immediate action to enter the tenanted property to empty the pool.|
|Step 5: The officer will then issue a written notice informing the tenant of:
• Homes North’s policy;
• The dangers of non-compliant pools;
• That if the pool is refilled Homes North will re-enter tenanted land to empty the pool;
• That after repeated non-compliance Homes North may take action to remove the pool.
Homes North has an overall obligation to ensure that any pools on its properties comply with swimming pool legislation and local council regulations. Therefore Homes North requires that, as a condition of a tenant installing a pool, the tenant agrees to:
Homes North have a small number of properties which have in-ground swimming pools. These pools are registered and comply with all relevant legislation and are equipped with compliant pool fences. Homes North will ensure the compliance of these pools is maintained.
Tenants must ensure that;
It is the responsibility of the:
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Standard 1.2 – Establishing and maintaining tenancies
Policy no: 1.2.2\3