A 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
Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors
Bonita Springs, Florida