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FHA Pool barrier req.

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Kevin Jaramillo

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Can any one site (4150.2 or other page) the FHA requirement that a home with an in ground pool must have a pool barrier... Personally I have not found one, and I don't think there is one, but I do not claim to know it all.. Any guidance would be appreciated.
 

AL LLANOS

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I believe local codes are the requirement, whatever they are.
 

AnonApprsr

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It's state law in Massachusetts. All pools must be fenced in. It's to protect the children.

"Oh please, won't someone think of the children?!!"
 

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Nothing in 4150.2. It would be a code requirement.
 

George A Easton

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Few Questions based on the subject.

Party wall is missing between subject (who has a pool) and neighbor who doesn't. Subject does not have a barrier so that's an obvious callout for repair based on my locality, but what about the wall? I guess I'm asking a few questions here- Is the subject pool sufficient if there is a legal gate around it or does the fence need to be fixed too. And if there is no pool then I'd assume that the fence would still need to be repaired for a security reason. But then do you put cost to cure as half the cost since it's a party wall? Oh yeah, and what if the neighbor's house is foreclosed? I'd think that the cost to cure would be the full price assuming that one party is fixing/replacing it.
 

Charles Witt

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Yes. And secure, meaning a lock!
 

Doug Wegener

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Pool Barrier fence

Can any one site (4150.2 or other page) the FHA requirement that a home with an in ground pool must have a pool barrier... Personally I have not found one, and I don't think there is one, but I do not claim to know it all.. Any guidance would be appreciated.

Let me get this straight.

So if the 4150.2 doesn't mandate it its not a minimum property standard unless the local code requires it. Some jurisidictions require a fence and some dont. Im not sure if jurisdictions which require it also require it of all pools or just new pools, but I think it would apply only to pools built since adoption of the code.

So if you have an older pool in area which has adopted a code requiring a barrier fence since the pool was constructed, then it wouldn't be a code requirement for the subject. Correct?


A pool not having a barrier fence seems like a safety hazard to me since there are numerous
cases of young children drowning in them.

So it seems to me that common sense would require a barrier fence on all FHA appraisals.Correct?

I would call the HOC but it is Saturday. Any opinions appreciated.
 
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