The NSW Office of Local Government announced on Friday (28th March 2014) that the provisions requiring a property with a swimming pool to have a certificate of compliance before it is sold or leased will now commence on the 29th April 2015.
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 NSW voiced its concerns earlier this year.
“Real estate industry representatives want more time to ensure properties with a pool are compliant before selling or leasing.” Ross Woodward, Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government, said in a statement.
“Council officer feedback indicated that high inspection failure rates mean that it is not uncommon for it to take three months from the 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.
“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,” Mr McKibbin said.
“REINSW is satisfied that the additional time will allow the smooth implementation of the new procedures.
“The extension is a successful outcome for all. “Mr McKibbin said.
Source: Real Estate Institute NSW