Property Management Pool Maintenance & Liability
Owning a pool requires a lot of upkeep. So, if a pool is part of your rental property, it’s important to know about pool hygiene, maintenance and safety. In fact, property management pool maintenance is a must! A poorly maintained pool creates liabilities for the landlord and can make the property a less than desirable place to call home.
As chlorine levels fall, algae, and other organisms turn the water green. Filtration system failure can also cause this. Once algae has become established, the pool will more than likely need to be drained and refilled before it’s safe for swimming.
Property management pool maintenance doesn’t just involve cleaning. It also involves making sure that the pool deck remains free of any potential dangers, including becoming slippery.
Tasks that need attention on a weekly basis, for example:
- Physically removing debris, both from the surface of the water and the bottom of the pool
- Maintaining chlorine levels or — if it’s a saltwater pool — salt levels
- Checking the water level and adding more if needed
- Checking the filter pressure and back-washing if necessary
Monthly tasks include:
- Testing for water hardness (calcium content), pH, dissolved solids, and total alkalinity — and adding chemicals as needed
- Cleaning the pool filter
- Checking the operation of the pump and motor
Property Management Pool Liability Issues
While there are benefits to having a pool on your rental property, you also need to be aware of the potential hazards. We recommend having a lawyer draft a swimming pool addendum for your rental agreement that spells out all the rules.
And most state laws require child proof fencing with a locking gate. This fencing isn’t just for kids; it prevents unauthorized access by guests and trespassers, too.
The law can also hold a landlord or property manager liable for not only tenant injuries but also non-tenant injuries. For example, Florida Law requires landlords to maintain pools and pool fencing and applying proper safety measures under Chapter 64E-9.
While most people don’t intend to be irresponsible, accidents can happen and it’s up to you as the property manager to minimize the risk of injury and protect the landlord and his/her investment.
Compliance with these recommendations does not guarantee that you will be in conformance with any building code, or health code. Or federal, state or local regulations regarding safety or pool regulation compliance. For more information, visit: CHAPTER 64E-9 PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND BATHING PLACES
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