From April, pool owners will need a swimming pool compliance certificate to sell or lease their property. But where to get it? From the council, a private certifier, a real estate agent, or the pool industry? ISABELL PETRINIC reports.
Depending on who you talk to, a swimming pool certificate can cost $70 to $1000. You may wait 10 weeks for it, or not at all.
A spokesman for The Hills Council said the usual turnaround was three days for a council-issued certificate.
"If the pool is compliant, the certificate is issued on the spot," he said.
As of August 13, the council had received about 150 requests for certificates, generally from real estate agents. The fee is $70.
This may rise to $150 after April 29.
One Dural-based property manager said many real estate agents were worried the council would be inundated with applications early next year, slowing down this process.
She said this could prove both costly and frustrating for a landlord looking to rent quickly or an owner needing to make an express sale.
"So we're looking to get all [30 of] our certificates done by the end of October using private certifiers," she said.
Other agencies may do the same.
Tim Oldfield of Pool Werx at Castle Hill said private building certifiers could charge $750 to $1000 for a certificate and typically took 10 days to issue them. He had seen council certification take up to 10 weeks.
The council spokesman said: "If the pool is not compliant, it is dependent on how long it takes the owner to complete remediation works."
Swimming instructor Donna Fishburn said she wished compliance rules covered water quality.
"I've seen pools that are green and the kids are swimming in it; there needs to be more standards than just locking the gate," she said.
■ By October 29: All pools must be registered either free online, at swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au, or by the council on your behalf for about $10. The fine for failing to register your pool is $220.
■ From April 29: It will be compulsory for properties with a pool that are for sale to also have a pool certificate of compliance or occupation certificate in the contract of sale. Landlords will need to include a pool certificate of compliance in the leasing agreement.