In October of 2017. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB-442 into law, which will have a dramatic effect on how homes with a swimming pool are sold in California.
Previously, the state has listed 7 safety items that count as a pool barrier safety system, with the pool home owner able to choose any one of the 7 items to be compliant. The new law changes this to any TWO items from the 7 safety items.
Further this law states that in a dwelling with a pool or spa, “the report shall identify which, if any, of the seven drowning prevention safety features listed the pool or spa is equipped with and shall specifically state if the pool or spa has fewer than two of the listed drowning prevention safety features.”
This new law applies to any new permitted construction and transfer of real property (a home sale).
The full text of the law is here.
What this means to sellers and Real Estate agents
The impact is any home with a swimming pool that was compliant with one of the 7 items now will have to be labeled by law as NOT compliant in a home inspection report. Making the home compliant will now be a point of negotiation in a sale. Real Estate agents acting as a listing agent will now have to prepare their sellers that they may have to pay for another safety system, or be prepared for the buyer to ask for one. Real Agent agents working with buyers will now have to prepare their buyers that this subject will be an item on their home inspection report.
The 7 pool safety items
Additional Pool Safety