Reader Question

“In WA, who is required to maintain a swimming pool to a reasonable standard? I was concerned at the state of the pool when I moved into my property and noted the damage in my condition report – but it has been six months since any maintenance was done. Is the owner responsible?”

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We asked Principal/Business Manager at Ray White Leading Edge, Tricia Gilbert for her advice on the responsibility for pool maintenance in Western Australia.

Tricia said the lessor (property owner) is required under the Act to maintain and repair the premises in a timely manner.

“Have you requested any particular maintenance to be carried out in relation to the pool? If not, I would suggest letting the Property Manager know of any issues as they may have overlooked this when you returned the Property Condition Report,” she said.

Tricia said that as a tenant, you are required to maintain the pool to a clean condition and ensure it is properly treated, unless your lease agreement states otherwise.

Pool care for new tenants

When completing a property condition report, if there is a swimming pool or spa, record its condition and note the accessories and cleaning equipment and check they work.

If you become aware of any safety concerns relating to the swimming pool or spa, you must
report these to the lessor/property manager as soon as possible. If they fail to resolve these issues, contact your local council. Local governments monitor compliance with spa and
swimming pool legislation.
For information on the responsibility for pool maintenance as it applies to your state or territory, contact the tenancy authority where you live.

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Tricia Gilbert
Tricia Gilbert
Principal, Licensee and Property Manager at Next Level Property Management & Sales | 0410 400 015 | [email protected]

Tricia Gilbert is the Principal, Licensee and Property Manager of Next Level Property Management & Sales in Joondalup, Western Australia. Tricia has worked with Next Level since 2019 and was formerly the Principal and Business Development Manager with Ray White Leading Edge in Clarkson. She is a Certified Practising Real Estate Agent (CPREA). Tricia holds a Triennial Licence and Property Management Licence issued by the WA Department of Commerce. In 2014, Tricia won Property Manager of the Year - WA Metropolitan at the annual Ray White Awards.


  1. Who is responsible for the pool cover, the tenant or the landlord? At the end of our 3-year lease, the pool cover, which didn’t fit the pool, is falling apart. The landlord wants the tenant to replace it. Is this legally correct?