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

Leander Children in a Backyard HammockIt’s difficult to avoid the appeal of a swing or a hammock. Whether it’s spending a lazy afternoon on a porch swing or in a hammock or swinging through the air on a tree swing, multiple kinds of swings possess an unquestionable charm. Yet, as a Leander rental property owner, is it a wise decision to accept porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Even though swings and hammocks can be a great attraction for tenants, they are also connected with risks. Before constructing or approving a swing or hammock, it’s vital to examine all probable outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one element in a house that many people appreciate – at least in theory. While it’s undeniable that a porch swing can be a good area to spend time, meet friends, and unwind, it can also rapidly become a safety hazard. It is relatively safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and operated responsibly. But sooner or later, the structural support a swing requires may decrease, causing the swing to tumble.

It can also be possible for young children to hurt themselves on the swing, whether from falling off or being hit with it while it is moving. Ultimately, because they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may tend to splinter or crack – particularly if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are dissimilar from swing sets in many manners, but the most crucial is the height of the rope. Unlike swing sets, which are reasonably close to the ground, a tree swing is often longer and can propel a person higher into the air. While this is part of the allure, it is also really dangerous should somebody fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are typically significantly more hazardous than those from other forms 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.


Like tree swings, hammocks also carry the potential of damaging trees. But hammocks are also often perceived to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are popular among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers since they are lightweight and easy to store. They can be set up and taken down relatively quickly and provide a comfortable place to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are numerous varieties of hammocks, including ones with a freestanding frame. For sure, hammocks also include a potential of accident and injury, and like any swing, they may be a serious hazard if not used appropriately.

Swing Sets

The subject of swings and the risks involved inevitably lead to children’s swing sets. While all swings do carry the risk of injury, a properly maintained swing set is likely the safest of all types 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. But by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can more quickly make that decision when the time comes.


Certainly, not all decisions are simple to make, even after you have solid information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Advisors if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Leander property managerscan help you evaluate what is best for your property and situation and give you the advice and guidance you need to make owning rental properties a pleasure. Call us at 512-777-2597.

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