Swimming pool regulations could cost thousands

Swimming pool regulations Paphos

In 1992 a new law has been introduced in Cyprus concerning all shared swimming pools in Cyprus.

According to this law, any swimming pool that is used by two families and more is considered public and all the appropriate for public pools regulations apply. Some of these regulations include separate WC, changing rooms and showers for males and females, as well as a lifeguard on duty.

Knowing that following of these regulations would bring an enormous increase in communal expenses for owners of such properties, local authorities kept ignoring them for a long while.

Today, however, Ministry of Interior is willing to enforce the law and puts pressure on the municipalities with demanding from the companies documents proving that they followed the regulations before issuing an operating license. This law also affects the housing complexes  as they will not receive the final certificate of approval, and as a result - no title deeds.

Ministry of Interior is pressed by the property owners, developers and municipalities to change this law, as they believe it will bury the local property market.

At the moment in Paphos there are 267 communal pools and only 54 of these are licensed. There are 49 communal pools in Peyia and only seven of these have permits.

“This is a really big headache, and I have been in contact with the permanent secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Lazaros Savvides, since 2007. But I have yet to hear anything back from them,” stated Peyia councillor Linda Leblanc.

Peyia municipality was showered with complaints regarding the final completion certificates for Peyia properties, mostly from the owners  of properties with communal pools that do not comply with the requirements of the "public" pools, as per 1992 law.

Only expenses for the lifeguard alone will be over 2,000 euro each per month, it will make communal pools unaffordable luxury. Nobody will be buying properties in a complex with a shared pool.

Peyia municipality has already posted out notices to pool owners and published announcements about this law in newspapers.

Leblanc said Peyia municipality was trying to give permits where it can as many people do not have title deeds.

“In Peyia we check each individual case to see what was specified in the planning permit. If there is no specification recorded requiring conditions on the pool, we are giving approval so that completion certificates on the properties may be issued. This has been based on legal advice,” she said.

“There is confusion over what is interpreted as a public pool. Shared pools are for the use of resident owners and their guests and are not open to the general public,” said Leblanc. And public opinion is united: parliament has to find a solution and change the law.

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