There’s almost nothing that sounds more luxurious to potential co-op and condo buyers than an on-site swimming pool. Apartment prices are often higher in buildings with pools because they are viewed as a fun and relaxing amenity. However, managing and maintaining a building’s pool can be anything but relaxing. Swimming pools demand a great deal of time, energy and money. Joyce Siegel, board president at the Vanderbilt, a 369-unit condo at 240 East 41st Street in Manhattan, says in reference to her building’s pool, "A lot of people love pools, but when you start looking at the bottom line, you start to think, ‘oh no.’" For a building to successfully manage a swimming pool, it must address many issues including liability, usage regulations and maintenance. Proper management insures that the pool will be safe and enjoyable for everyone–this is no small task.
"House Rules" With
Regard to Usage
It is crucial that buildings have clear-cut guidelines for the use of pool facilities. This helps to create a safe environment and protects the privacy of residents who live close to the swimming pool and might be disturbed by noise coming from the pool area. Bruce Cholst, an attorney at Rosen & Livingston, a law firm in Manhattan which specializes in co-ops and condos, suggests that buildings visibly post a set of rules that includes the following:
• Children under the age of ten must be accompanied by an adult