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Am shortly going to sign a contract for a lease on a property with a swimming pool. Have never had a pool before, so am interested if anyone has a view on running costs.

Pool is outdoor, was installed approximately eighteen months ago, and appears to be heated via a pump. Pool has a cover, and also a floating cover too (possibly solar cover?). Pool is irregular in shape, but perhaps 15 foot by 30 foot. Depth ranges from around 3.5 foot to 8 foot.

Would appreciate any advice regarding running costs.

Agent has just inserted a clause in the contract, specifying that we are liable for any accidental damage to pool, pump, filter etc. Have never really thought too hard about accidental damage before, and just taken for granted that this is a hit that we might need to take in the event that we do accidentally damage a property.

Is there however anything that I should be thinking of in respect of the pool? Are there any insurance providers out there that issue accidental damage only covers to tenants, that might include pool coverage?

Any thoughts/advice would be gratefully received.

Thanks in advance.

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Am shortly going to sign a contract for a lease on a property with a swimming pool. Have never had a pool before, so am interested if anyone has a view on running costs.

Pool is outdoor, was installed approximately eighteen months ago, and appears to be heated via a pump. Pool has a cover, and also a floating cover too (possibly solar cover?). Pool is irregular in shape, but perhaps 15 foot by 30 foot. Depth ranges from around 3.5 foot to 8 foot.

Would appreciate any advice regarding running costs.

Agent has just inserted a clause in the contract, specifying that we are liable for any accidental damage to pool, pump, filter etc. Have never really thought too hard about accidental damage before, and just taken for granted that this is a hit that we might need to take in the event that we do accidentally damage a property.

Is there however anything that I should be thinking of in respect of the pool? Are there any insurance providers out there that issue accidental damage only covers to tenants, that might include pool coverage?

Any thoughts/advice would be gratefully received.

Thanks in advance.

Does the contract include regular pool maintenance [i.e. pool service] at the landlords expense? The damn thing has to be cleaned [even with a cover] and chemically dosed on a regular basis AND topped-up if it's a warm and dry summer. That will cost you money AND time and if it's not up to spec, you will get nailed for costs. A failed pool pump is a very expensive item to fix.

Note : My comments are based on having a pool here in Australia [it's a bit warmer outside...] but the same issues I would imagine apply.

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Thanks for the reply hoofie.

We are responsible for maintenance. LL has briefly talked us through what needs to be done:

    • leaves to be caught and fished out with a net
    • chlorine added
    • remaining debris to be 'hoovered' from bottom of pool

All tools to be supplied by LL. I haven't looked closely at the tools, we are getting a demo in the next week or two.

Have looked casually at the prices of chlorine, and it doesn't seem as if it will break the bank.

Haven't looked closely at the pump, which has its own room, hence I agree that the cost of fixing any problems could be expensive. However, I would expect LL to be responsible for this. You have got me thinking now though, I had better check this. Contract states that it is our responsibility to:

maintain the swimming pool, using chemicals as directed by the landlord, or by employing a pool maintenance contractor

Would be surprised to find that we are responsible for breakdown of the pump, but well worth checking. Thanks for the pointer.

Any other thoughts re the accidental damage angle would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Am shortly going to sign a contract for a lease on a property with a swimming pool. Have never had a pool before, so am interested if anyone has a view on running costs.

Do you want a pool? If you don't, why are you considering renting a place with a pool.

If you do want a pool, then I guess you're going to have to look after it. Unless your rent is going to cover the maintenance costs.

Accidental damage. You need insurance or be prepared to cover the risk yourself.

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Thanks for the reply. My responses:

Do you want a pool?

Not bothered

If you don't, why are you considering renting a place with a pool.

House, ground and location are perfect; it just happens to come with a pool

If you do want a pool, then I guess you're going to have to look after it.

Hence the question re costs of maintaining. Any thoughts?

Accidental damage. You need insurance or be prepared to cover the risk yourself.

Hence the question re insurance. Any thoughts there?

Thanks

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