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Govt Responds to REINSW Concerns over Pool Compliance

Pool owners across the state will now have more time to ensure swimming pools and spas are compliant prior to the sale or lease of their property after the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales voiced its concerns earlier this year.

The NSW Office of Local Government announced late Friday (28 March 2014) the provisions that require a property with a swimming pool to have a certificate of compliance before it is sold or leased will now commence on 29 April 2015.

“Real estate industry representatives want more time to ensure properties with a pool are compliant before selling or leasing,” Office of Local Government Chief Executive Ross Woodward said in a statement.

“Council officer feedback indicates that high inspection failure rates mean that it is not uncommon for it to take three months from first inspection to the issuing of a compliance certificate.”

REINSW CEO Tim McKibbin said it was evident that the number of existing qualified inspectors was inadequate to respond to market demand and therefore the decision to extend the transition period is appropriate.

“Earlier this year we sought a deferral from the Minister in order to avoid adverse consequences for the sale and leasing of properties captured by the legislation,” Mr McKibbin said.

“With some 300,000 pools and spas across the state, REINSW suggested that some transitional procedures be implemented as part of the commencement of the obligation.

“REINSW is satisfied that the additional time will allow the smooth implementation of the new procedures and deadlines now will be met.

“The extension is a successful outcome for all,” Mr McKibbin said.

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