For HOAs lucky enough to have one, the community pool often is the neighborhood’s pride and joy. Aside from its immaculate appearance thanks to your hardworking board and vendors, it can serve as everything from a calm community gathering space to the go-to spot for parents to let their kids run off steam in the summer.

Because pools are so integral in a community’s functioning, though, it’s critical that your board set some ground rules surrounding yours to prevent misuse and ensure everyone can have a good time. Below, Gassen, your Eden Prairie providers of property management services and more, has some pointers on how to do so.

Be a Stickler About Showering

You no doubt take great care to make sure your pool is clean by staying on top of chlorine levels and such. But if you’re not enforcing strict showering rules, your community pool is probably anything but sparkling!

According to the Water Quality & Health Council, refraining from showering before hitting the pool lowers the amount of chlorine in the water that’s available to deal with contaminates. Dirty swimmers therefore increase the risk of waterborne illness—not something your HOA wants to be on the line for, legally or otherwise.

Consider imposing a rule that showering is required before using this community amenity. Not only will your swimmers have a cleaner experience, but your board will be able to breathe a little easier.

How Will You Regulate Who Gets in?

Pools are a hot commodity in the summer, so don’t be surprised if your HOA has to lock yours down to non-paying outsiders. While it’s of course okay for HOA families to invite friends over to hang, you’ll have to draw the line somewhere, usually by restricting access.

This can be done via lock and key, but digital passcodes and in-person monitoring systems also can see success. Which route your HOA takes will depend on your community’s individual needs.

Regulate Conduct, not Age

The Fair Housing Act, a federal law that ensures equal housing opportunities, applies to HOAs—and to their pools, too. Indeed, according to Clemons Richter & Reiss, PC., a Pensylvannia law firm, “ a number of lawsuits have challenged swimming pool rules on the basis that they constitute discrimination against “familial status” (against families with children).”

This isn’t to say that you can’t enforce pool rules; you just need to base them on behaviors, not ages. A rule that forbids loud conduct, for example, is perfectly acceptable; a rule forbidding children at a pool because they tend to be loud is not.

Gassen: Your Preferred Local Property Management Pros

Our HOA management team is here to help your HOA sparkle just as much as your well-maintained pool does. Reach our Eden Prairie office today at 952-922-5575.