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Sophia, Home Buyer in Corona, CA

Are there particular risk or liability of renting a home with a swimming pool?

Asked by Sophia, Corona, CA Thu Jun 5, 2008

I am thinking about buying a home to rent out.
Also, would the owner pay for the pool cleaning maintenance etc?

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I would recommend the owner of the home comtracting and making the committment with the pool service company. This eliminates the possibility of cancellation and makes the pool service accountable to the owner of the property and not the tenant. One rule of thumb with a renatal property is that no one will ever take care of the property as well as you, pool included.

There are always liabilities with owning, and renting, a property with a pool. Here are some simple tips to help:
1) Protect the pool. Make sure you take an active interest in meeting, and exceeding, all your local city and state requirements for swimming pool barriers.
2) If you have a slide or diving board, remove them. The less you have people actively climbing or jumping, the better liklihood of avoiding injury, risk of injury, and potential lawsuits for lack of maintenance or deteriortated conditions.
3) Make sure you know your renter. If they have young children, you might want to offer some classes to the local swim schools or just rethink renting to parents with young children.
4) Insurance, Insurance, Insurance! Contact your local insurance agent and ask about additional protection that you can carry for renting a house with a pool and gaining lawsuit coverage for accidental injury or death.

I hope this helps!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 5, 2009
Having a pool is great, especially in the summer. Just remember that it also entails responsibility. The owner bears the liability of accidents and maintenance. The tenants probably won't pay much more for a home with a pool. What if the tenants don't know how to care for it and black mold sets in? Knowing the pros and cons of the situation can help you to make the right descision for you.
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