Swimming pools and spas - safety advice for tenants and residents

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Swimming pools and spas

If you are renting a property that has a pool or outdoor spa, check that the fence or safety barrier is secure for you and others who live at or visit the property (especially children). All doors and gates that provide access to a pool or spa must have self-closing and self-latching devices.

The Victorian Building Authority, which replaced the Building Commission on 1 July 2013, recommends checking that:

  • self-closing and self-latching devices on pool and spa doors and gates work properly
  • gates are not misused by being propped open
  • there are no items that could be used to climb over the barrier within 900mm of the gate or fence; for example, tree branches, pool pumps or pot plants
  • fences (especially boundary timber paling fences) are in good repair and cannot be climbed.

Tenants or residents should:

  • ensure all gates to the swimming pool or spa area are closed at all times, except when entering or leaving the area
  • notify the landlord or owner of any faults with pool or spa fences, doors or gates.

If there is a fault with the fence or barrier (including a gate or door) which causes it to be unsafe, it is an urgent repair and the landlord or owner must arrange for it to be fixed immediately.