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Property Owners Have More Time to Make Pools Compliant

By Louise Morrin

Those thinking of selling property in Carlton with a pool will be pleased that homeowners now have more time to obtain a certificate of compliance.

The announcement was made by the New South Wales Office of Local Government on March 28 and gives owners of property in St George and elsewhere in Sydney and NSW more time to obtain pool barrier compliance.

Local councils now have until April 29 2015 to boost awareness among property owners of the new requirements relating to pool safety when selling or leasing property. 

Swimming pool inspection programs that meet the new provisions will be undertaken by local councils from April 29 next year, but existing homeowners should enquire now about what they need to do. 

The time pressure being placed on local pool tradespeople to erect barriers and make upgrades was one reason for extending the start of the compliance period.

The extra time afforded will allow the new provisions to be implemented smoothly, noted Real Estate Institute of New South Wales Chief Executive Tim McKibbin in a March 28 statement. 

"The extension is a successful outcome for all," Mr McKibbin explained.

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