Tenants and Swimming Pools: Is the sign by the pool stating children cannot be left unsupervised against regulation?
If it is a violation to single out children, then is the sign I have in front of my pool stating that any child under the age of 10 not be left unsupervised against regulation?
No, because there are activities in which a person under a certain age will have a higher risk of injuring themselves. It is not safe for a child to be swimming unsupervised, so in this case it is perfectly legal.
The fact is owning a swimming pool that is for others to use is a huge landlord liability in of itself. We all know the potential dangers of unsupervised swimming and nobody wants to get sued for an injury or worse have the death of a child on our conscious. On the other hand, a pool can be a great feature to keep your rental units in demand and supervised swimming can make for a fun summer. The best thing a landlord can do is protect himself from every angle.
In addition to posting signs that require children be supervised in the pool, random check ins are never a bad idea to be sure the rules are being followed.
Swimming Pool Addendum
A swimming pool addendum is never a bad idea either. Like any addendum, you’re getting the tenant to agree to and acknowledge your rules. Get access to our Swimming Pool Addendum along with others in our Form Bundle.
Clean and up to Code
Like any asset you want to be sure that your pool is kept clean and up to code. It’s only an attractive feature if people want to use it. Some landlords choose to let the tenants maintain the pool and this can be a good option with regular inspection. Never just assume they’re doing what they’re supposed to. Costly repairs from improper maintenance defeats the purpose of avoiding a cleaning service to save money.