Virginia Graeme Baker Act for Public Swimming Pools and Hot-tubs
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The purpose of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is to increase the safety of swimming pools and spas.
Document Last Modified: 5/16/2023
Offering rental properties with public amenities such as pools and hot-tubs is advantageous in many ways for both landlord and tenant. Who does not like to splash around in a pool on a hot summer’s day or slip into a nice, warm hot-tub on a cool Autumn evening? Let’s face it, providing these extra perks in your rental community can be very enticing and even maximize occupancy. With benefits come risks and it is important to make sure that, as a landlord, you are staying within the parameters set up by state and local law and regulations.
When renting a property which has a community swimming pool or hot tub, landlords and property managers have some responsibility in ensuring the safety of their tenants by regularly inspecting and maintaining these special property features. There is no such thing as being too cautious when it comes to the safety of tenants.
Landlords and property managers who offer rental homes with a public pool or hot tub also have an obligation to be not only be knowledgeable of any local, state or federal rules and regulations regarding safe maintenance and upkeep of such items but also must be intimately familiar with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. For example, landlords and property managers must be aware that swimming pools built before 2008 must have anti-entrapment drain covers. There are other important things to know and this informative document provides information for the Act.
Virginia Rental Forms and Templates
- Virginia 5-Day Notice to Pay or Vacate: This notice is required before a Landlord may initiate eviction proceedings. This is for Tenants that violate the Lease Agreement by not paying rent.
- Virginia 21/30 Day Notice to Cure or Vacate: This form can be used for Tenants that break the Lease for reasons other than nonpayment of rent. It provides details about the Lease violation and notifies Tenant to cure the violation within 21 days or vacate within 30 days.
- Virginia Official Summons for Unlawful Detainer: This is the official summons for unlawful detainer that Virginia Landlords use to initiate an eviction.
- Virginia Landlord-Tenant Act & Handbook: This resource provides Landlords with the complete Virginia Landlord-Tenant Act and outlines all rights of both parties.
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