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Wisconsin backs down on regulating swimming pool rental app
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A startup that allows private homeowners to rent their swimming pools by the hour won't have to meet the same stringent requirements that large, public pools do after Wisconsin regulators backed down in the face of a threatened lawsuit.
The regulators told Swimply in April that pools offered for rent would have to be treated the same as large, public swimming pools. That meant a pool's owner would have to obtain a license and meet construction requirements that are more onerous.
But on Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection notified attorneys for Swimply that most pools offered for rent would not have to meet those higher standards.