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Floods put pool laws and land valuations on hold

by Steven Wardill, The Courier-Mail February 14, 2011 11:27AM

NEW pool safety laws and land valuations will be delayed by the State Government in the wake of floods and Cyclone Yasi.

(*Please note that this delay only applies to rental properties and Landlords still are potentially liable if a pool fence is not compliant with the new laws)

Premier Anna Bligh said the measures were a practical response in the aftermath of the disasters.

"The State has been through a terrible time and now is not the time to stick rigidly to the rules," she said.

"This is about giving people the breathing space they need to concentrate on putting their lives back together."

The pool laws will be delayed by six months because of the potential adverse impact on the tight rental market.

Under the legislation, all dwellings with a non-shared pool must have a valid pool safety certificate before a rental agreement can be entered into.

"People with extensive damage to their homes need to be re-housed until they can move back in, and we need to accommodate people who are assisting in the recovery efforts," Ms Bligh said.

"We cannot afford rental properties to remain vacant while owners wait for a pool safety certificate."

Ms Bligh said that statutory valuations were due to be issued next month but needed to be delayed so the impact of recent extreme weather events were assessed.

"The valuations were assessed in the final months of last year and we now want to ensure that the full impacts of Queensland's recent extreme weather events are taken into account," she said.