BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – Erie County officials held a press conference on Monday to address concerns over the private pool rental app.
In June, 7 News profiled the story of an Eden couple who used the “Swimply” app to rent a pool and earn extra cash. The couple said they sometimes booked months in advance. Swimply’s COO said it’s up to hosts to decide what they offer, what they charge and how often they rent out space. Swimply takes a commission on each booking.
Erie County officials said apps like Swimply have raised concerns among county health officials, citing standards that public swimming pool operators are required to adhere to. ECDOH public health officers conduct pool inspections, issue permits as needed, and inspect facilities regularly, the county said.
“Property owners who rent out their pools to the public are putting swimmers at risk. And residents who choose to rent these private pools are putting themselves and their guests at risk.
– Erie County Executive Mark Polonkers
“Staying cool and staying safe in the summer should go hand-in-hand. If you are considering renting a pool, or even renting an uninspected pool, I urge you to reconsider.
– Health Secretary Dr. Gail Burstein
County officials said anyone who rents out a private pool to the public without a permit violates state health laws and risks fines and penalties of up to $2,000 per violation.
In response to the county’s response, it immediately issued the following statement to 7 News:
“Swimply homeowners open their spaces up to users as private guests and have complete say over how and by whom their pools can be used. Because swimming pools listed on Swimply are not public pools, we believe that Swimply has its current legal status in the Buffalo community and should not be banned from listing in that area.” We operate in a method. ”
For more information on how to obtain a public swimming pool permit or file a complaint about a swimming pool operating without a permit, please call the Erie County Health Department Environmental Health Division at (716) 961-6800.