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On February 26 2015 the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, advised that the introduction of the new sale and leasing pool requirements has been extended to April 2016, which is 1 year later than the originally proposed date. The extension has been put in place to allow pool owners sufficient time to comply with the new requirements. This eases the pressure on those considering selling or leasing their property in the coming months.

From April 2016, contracts for the sale of land or tenancy agreements that include a pool must have a valid certificate of compliance or occupation certificate with evidence that the swimming pool has been registered on the Swimming Pool Register. Failure to attach the document may entitle the purchaser to rescind the contract by notice in writing to the vendor within 14 days after exchange.

The extension comes as high noncompliance rates have seen considerable delays in compliance certificates being issued. The backlog of cases means it can take up to 4 months to obtain a certificate after a first inspection.

To obtain a certificate of compliance for your pool, see the NSW Swimming Pool Register at http://www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au/ 

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