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Pool Safety Rules May Apply To Short-Term Rentals

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 8:37pm.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Proposes Pool Safety Rules ChangesA rule change proposal from the Consumer Product Safety Commission would look at pools and spas in short-term rentals, including those in single-family homes, and consider them public facilities bound by the U.S. Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.

The new proposed definition would define public accommodations facility as "an inn, hotel, motel, or other place of lodging, including, but not limited to, rental units rented on a bi-weekly or weekly basis."

While other requirements will also apply, the Act specifically mandates safety rules for drain covers and will supersede any weaker state laws governing pool safety.

To read the complete Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (PDF format), go to: www.cpsc.gov/pssa.pdf

The Commission has opened a public comment period on this proposed rule change. To comment, you can find instructions at: edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-26520.htm

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Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

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2 Responses to "Pool Safety Rules May Apply To Short-Term Rentals"

Susan in Mesa wrote:
What an interesting law. When I read things like this, it really makes me wonder what the push behind it was. Why is this a necessary law, how did it become a problem?

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 2:53pm.

Benjamin wrote:
Typical nanny state gov't reaction IMHO.

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 7:36pm.

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