There are some challenges to having a pool in your community association. The biggest challenges tend to be related to the residents, rather than the maintenance. Here are some simple guidelines for HOA and condo pool rules, rule enforcement, and managing to avoid chaos.
Benefits of having a pool
Having a pool in your community association is a big undertaking, and it will necessitate higher association dues, but it can be well worth it. There are four main benefits for associations to having a pool, depending on your goals.
- Pools attract buyers. We have seen pools have the most usage and success in communities with two demographics: 1) families with young children, and 2) retired adults and seniors.
- Pools foster community. Bringing families together and fostering friendships among association members makes your job easier. Keeping the peace and having consensus is half the battle of running an association.
- You can use your pool as incentive. With proper condo pool rules, those motivated by pool use will be more likely to pay promptly when you revoke pool privileges for being in arrears.
- Capitalize on your pool to bring in a little extra income. Providing grills, bathrooms, and maybe even an attached party room will not only attract buyers, but it’ll encourage rental for parties. In fact, you can structure a fee program for anytime residents want to bring guests to the pool.
How to enforce condo pool rules
Having procedure in place can prevent issues. Get proof of residence in exchange for pool passes or key. This can be a driver’s license or a piece of mail proving their address. Before each pool season, review the delinquency report. Send out letters to delinquent owners telling them that their pool privileges have been revoked (you’ll need this written into your governing documents). Fine them if you catch them in the pool, according to the fine schedule.
Condo pool rules are important to avoid insurance claims and lawsuits. Talk to your property manager about your wishes here. Consider disallowing open alcohol and food in the immediate area, and always require adult supervision. No running! Your enforcement path is having this accurately laid out in your governing documents, and adhering strictly to the fine schedule.
Likewise, define your HOA or condo pool rules regarding guests and pool parties in the rules and regulations. You’ll want to define how many guests you allow per residence. It is a good idea to require a rental fee for parties.
Do you need a lifeguard?
Your biggest challenge may be getting a consistent certified lifeguard. Many associations require them, often due to the village code. Having homeowners volunteer or be paid to check on people is something your association can consider. Consider a lifeguard fee in your assessment calculations.