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Porch Swings, Tree Swings, and Hammocks: Should You Allow Them on Your Rental Property?

Roy Children in a Backyard HammockThe appeal of a swing or a hammock is undeniable. Whether it’s spending a lazy afternoon on a porch swing or in a hammock or swinging through the air on a tree swing, different forms of swings have a clear charm. However, as a Roy rental property owner, is it appropriate to allow porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Despite the fact that swings and hammocks may be a huge selling point for tenants, they also come with risks. Before building or granting a swing or hammock, all possible outcomes must be examined.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one item in a residence that most people like – at least in theory. While it’s undeniable that a porch swing can be a beautiful venue to spend time, greet people, and rest, it can also quickly become a safety hazard. It is fairly safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and utilized properly. But in the long run, the structural support a swing necessitates may weaken, leading the swing to breakdown.

It is also possible for young children to hurt themselves on the swing, whether by falling off or being hit with it while they are playing. Lastly, as they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may tend to splinter or crack – mainly if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are not similar to swing sets in numerous aspects, but the most significant is the height of the rope. Opposite to swing sets, which are commonly close to the ground, a tree swing is often longer and can propel a person higher into the air. While this is part of its excitement, it is also extremely dangerous should anyone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are often significantly more hazardous compared to those from other kinds of falls. Tree swings also damage trees, sometimes leaving the tree exposed to pests and the elements that will, over time, kill the entire tree.


As well as tree swings, hammocks have the risk of damaging trees. Yet, hammocks are also typically thought to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are appreciated among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers as they are lightweight and easy to store. They can be set up and taken down very fast and offer an excellent place to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are several types of hammocks, such as those with a freestanding frame. Of course, hammocks also pose a chance of accident and injury, and same as any swing, they can be a significant hazard if not used correctly.

Swing Sets

The subject of swings and the risks involved obviously lead to children’s swing sets. While all swings do carry the risk of injury, a well-constructed swing set is maybe the safest of all kinds of swings. Not only are sturdy swing sets designed to hold up under some rough treatment, but they are also firmly anchored and close to the ground.

Whether you or your tenant is thinking about adding a swing or hammock to your rental property, the final decision depends on you. However, by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can more proudly make that decision when the time comes.


For sure, not all decisions are easy to make, even after you have decent information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Northern Utah if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Roy property managers can assist you in deciding what is best for your property and situation and give you the advice and guidance you need to make having rental properties a pleasure. Call us at 801-546-1770.

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