Should Outsiders Be Allowed to Use Swimming Pool in Our Private Complex

Just yesterday I spotted some kids from a neighbouring street have been using the swimming pool in our un-gated complex. I live in a townhouse and everyone in this complex pays certain amount of body corporate fee (currently $700/quarter) for maintenance (cutting grass, maintaining a swimming pool and paying our building insurance). Because our complex is un-gated so basically everyone can come and go.

I do not in particular like those kids because first of all they don't live here and certainly don't pay body corp fee therefore they shouldn't be allowed to use our pool.

Secondly, earlier this year my neighbour (who lives in the complex) was bitten by a dog that belongs to those kids' family and worse of all they had really bad attitude (refuse to apologise, refuse to restrain their dog - sometime I still see their dog wondering around the street, and refuse to pay any medical bills - my neighbour had to see a doctor in case the bite is deep enough, luckily it was all good).

Thirdly I don't like those kids using our pool because their mum looks like those classic people living on Centrelink (I noticed this when I accompanied my neighbour to negotiate with them when she was bitten by their dog).

I'm usually a easy-going person and wouldn't care too much if it was some other kids using our free pool, but feel uncomfortable because of above 3 reasons. Am I being too harsh?

Edit: I have no problem with people on Centrelink, but those on Centrelink and cannot teach their kids basic rules get on my nerve.

Edit: Thanks everyone who commented on this topic. To clarify, our complex is un-gated; the pool is gated but any ten-year old will be tall enough to open the pool gate. There are pool rules displayed and stating: children under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult who lives in this complex.

What should I do when outsiders of the complex are using our swimming pool?

Poll Options

  • 2
    Yeah give them a fair go and let them use it for free
  • 2
    Tell them off and warn them not to use it again
  • 66
    Report to the body corporate manager and ask them to tell them off - nicely
  • 21
    Suggest to install a entrance gate and cop an increase of body corp fees

Comments

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  • +2 votes

    Fifth choice is - buy urine indicator dye.

    • +1 vote

      I recently found out that this is an urban legend, and doesn't even exist. My whole life has been a lie

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    Do both, tell them not to and write to the body corp to stop any outside visitors using the complexes amenities.

  • +6 votes

    Tell them a ghost story about a man a couple of years ago who hid at the bottom of the pool with an oxygen tank, and grabbed an unsuspecting kid by the ankle when he was taking a dip, holding him in a vice grip until he drowned. Say it was a terrible thing, and then walk away muttering to yourself.

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    "and thirdly I don't like those kids using our pool because their mum looks like those classic people living on Centrelink"

    Maybe a bar of soap and a towel if you can spare?

    Maybe they are using your pool to wash themselves?

  • +3 votes

    Tell those kids to f^ck off.

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    Using your pool on a hot day isn't too bad. They're just kids. But bringing the family and the dog? That's too far.

    Though your story about your neighbor being bitten by their dog sounds… I don't want to say false but I… I have had dogs all my life and they don't normally bite unless someone provokes them. Of course this dog could be badly trained and when someone new approaches they go mental.

    Are they homeless perhaps and using the pool to shower?

    • +4 votes

      The countless horror stories of savage unprovoked attacks on unsuspecting victims just walking on the footpath does not tally with your blissful dog experience. And they aren't homeless dogs either in usual scenario.

  • +7 votes

    The other issue you may want to raise with bodycorp is, who's liable if one of those children drowns or is hurt?. Is the pool gated?. I don't think they should be using the pool without permission and much less unsupervised.

    • +3 votes

      You are right. Ungated pools in Australia are strictly illegal.

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        If you had read the post properly, it is the complex that is un-gated, not the pool.

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          Perhaps you can better apply your scintillating reading comprehension skills towards a better understanding of where and where not to hyphenate. Children from outside the complex are accessing the pool, unsupervised. If there is a pool gate, lock it.

        • -1 vote

          Yawn……….. Thanks, but I'd rather have scintillating reading comprehension skills.

        • +1 vote

          Good idea. Take it one grade at a time.

        • +1 vote

          Ok-thanks-for-the-advice. Do-you-have-a-hyphen-complex?

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          They could just jump over the gate if it's locked. The way OP describes the kids/family/background I would not be surprised if they did that.

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          Yes, Local, you are giving me PTSD flashbacks of someone else who tried to freestyle grammar in lieu.

  • +4 votes

    My god. Stop this from happening immediately. If something happens to one of those kids, the people who operate your building will be in a world of trouble.

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    this is not good. if you're an owner, then you must action and get them stop this behaviour. get all the owners together and find way to install a lockable gate and fence to the property. 1800mm high or more would be good. use spikes if permitted council.
    https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=garrison+steel+picket&cli...

    it only takes one feral child to slip or fall while accessing the pool to have this end up in a lawsuit.

  • +2 votes

    This is terrible. What make them think they are entitled to the pool and complex? Did they claim to be visitors?

    If you have an Onsite Manager, talk to him/her. Also report to police for tresspassing. After that, get a sign made about rules of entry and tresspassing.

    Report to BCM yes but they'll just issue letters.

  • +2 votes

    Put up a sign saying that the pool is only for use by residents and their guests. Then ask them to stop using it.

  • +2 votes

    Thy are trespassing. Report to body corporate and out of hours go ask them to leave and if they don't, call the police