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A Landlord's Guide to Renting Properties with a Pool

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Posted on Friday November 05, 2021 at 10:15AM in General

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If you are a landlord thinking of installing a pool on your property you have come to the right place! Here is your guide to renting a property with a pool including the liabilities, responsibilities, and maintenance that comes with it. 

Pool Liabilities:  A swimming pool for your rental can be a huge perk for potential renters and provide a fun summer activity for your current tenants, but it is also a liability that you must be conscious of. It is important to look into the state and federal laws on pool safety in order to prevent accidents and know how to proceed if they occur.

  1. Adult Supervision
    Supervision at a pool is very important for young children, and you should post signs telling renters that their children must be supervised at the pool at all times.

  2. Pool Addendum
    Additionally, you could add a swimming pool addendum to your lease to ensure your tenants will agree to and follow any pool rules you set.

  3. Pool Safety 
    It is essential to create an environment where your tenants are safe, and feel comfortable. By taking proactive safety measures, you can prevent injuries and make your pool area enjoyable.

  4. Install a Gate
    It is a good idea to install a gate around your swimming pool area. It separates the pool from the rest of your property and allows adults to know when their children are at the pool in order to supervise them. When installing a gate, it is important that it is at least four feet tall and can’t be climbed.

  5. Signs
    It is important to post safety signs at your pool to ensure that everyone is aware of the rules you have in place. These signs could say children under 10 years of age must be supervised at all times, no diving, or use at your own risk. Pool signs allow tenants to stay safe by following the pool rules, and protect landlords in liability situations.

  6. Cover and Lock
    A great safety feature for your pool is a power safety cover or a pool cover with latches. A cover keeps the pool clean, and certain covers will prevent people from falling into the water when the pool is closed. Additionally, all pool chemicals, such as chlorine, should be stored and locked when not in use.

  7. Safety Rescue Equipment
    Even with safety measures in place, accidents can still occur, and it is important to be prepared for them. You should have a life ring, first aid kit, rescue tube, and other equipment at the pool area at all times and clearly marked in case of an emergency.

  8. Pool Maintenance
    It is very important to make sure your pool is up to code and kept clean. Your tenants will only want to enjoy your pool if it is kept clean and well maintained. Some landlords choose to let their tenants take care of pool maintenance, but this is only a good idea if you plan for regular professional inspection to ensure it is kept in good shape.

  9. Clean the Pool Filter
    Swimming pool filters remove dirt and debris from your pool and help to evenly distribute pool chemicals (such as chlorine) throughout the pool. If the filters are not regularly and properly cleaned, then they will get clogged and become less effective. This will result in cloudy, unclean water, and will allow more opportunities for bacteria growth in the pool. By simply cleaning the pool filter every 2-6 weeks, your pool will be cleaner and safer for tenants.

  10. Maintain Water pH Levels
    The ideal range of water pH for a swimming pool is between 7.2 and 7.8. Your pool is too acidic when the pH is below 7.0, and this could cause corroding of your pool equipment. If the water is too basic (higher than 7.0) then it could cause scaling on the pool’s surface and plumbing equipment.

  11. Maintain Water Levels
    It is important to regularly check the water level of your pool. If it is too low then there might be a problem and you might need to consult a professional. Pools do lose water through splashing and evaporation, but if you notice the levels are surprisingly low then you should contact a professional.

  12. Pool Vacuuming
    Vacuuming your swimming pool not only cleans it, but also allows for better water circulation. Chemicals will be used more effectively, and water balance will be more consistent if the pool water circulation is better. This should ideally be done at least once a week depending on how frequently the pool is being used.

  13. Repair Leaks
    As a landlord, you need to ensure that your swimming pool is safe for your tenants. Leaks can be a safety hazard for occupants, and can cause expensive problems. These problems could be very high water bills, or long term expensive damage to your pool. It is important to fix any leaks right away and consult a professional.

  14. Skim the Swimming Pool
    Pool skimming is a very simple maintenance task that involves removing all floating debris, bugs, leaves, etc. that have entered your pool. This can be done with a pool skimmer. This simple task leaves your pool looking clean and appealing to swim in.

  15. Potential Renters
    By renting out a property with a pool, you can possibly widen your market of potential tenants, and make your property more appealing. Unfortunately, a swimming pool is not always very exciting for everyone. Different renters have different preferences and a middle aged couple might enjoy hosting a pool party, while a senior citizen might instead enjoy gardening in their yard. It is important to keep in mind your target market when thinking about installing a pool at your property. Would the majority of your current and future tenants like the amenity?

  16. Insurance
    You might need to purchase extra insurance if your regular plan does not cover pools. This could be a very expensive downside to owning a pool. If you have proper safety features in place, it could also affect how much you need to pay in insurance (another great reason to ensure your pool is safe). Additionally, you should consider setting up an LLC, so that your personal assets are protected in the case that a tenant sues you. It is important to consult an insurance expert before making any large decisions such as installing a pool.
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