By Mark Zinman | Zona Law
Question: My tenant put an above-ground swimming pool in the yard. I am concerned that someone could get hurt. Is there anything I can do?
Answer: Your best time to address this type of issue is before your tenant signs a lease. Any conduct that you do not want on your property, should be expressly prohibited in your lease. For example, you could write, “Resident will not install or erect any permanent or portable swimming or wading pools, playground equipment, trampolines, storage sheds, or other facilities anywhere at the Residence without Landlord’s prior written consent.” You may also want to check what insurance you require your resident to carry, as that could be an issue. Otherwise, your only argument is that it creates a health and safety risk, which would be up to a judge.