Since most properties are without a full time "pool police" good behavior is based substantially on the honor system. This honor systems assumes (assume being one of my least favorite words) people will be guided by society's rules of decency. Are we fooling ourselves here? Decency, after all, is subjective.
Fore example; everyone likes a good looking swimsuit. We like them even more when displayed by someone that can wear them well. When it comes to clothing we hope common sense prevails. Whether in the bible belt or a stone's throw from Hollywood Blvd, we hope the "essentials" are covered and remain that way in our public areas on property.
Fortunately, at the property level, no one need be in charge of regulating good taste in swimwear. Unfortunately, there are those occasional lost souls (or drunken, or exhibitionist souls) that see the pool party audience as an opportunity to strut their stuff (literally). Here is where "community action" comes in.
Whereas many properties have on-site management, many do not. And those with a pool (an un-supervised pool) must rely on self-patrolling of errant behavior.
• Consider posting the office telephone number in the pool area.
• Make absolutely certain to post pool hours.
• Check your pool insurance rider to see what postings are required.
• Water, pool guest and animals are always a bad idea.
• Sign size. Most municipalities have a minimum size.
Pools are a leasing selling point and common area expense. Balancing practical use with enforcement of pool rules are an on-going part of being in property management.
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