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

Clayton Children in a Backyard HammockThe appeal of a swing or a hammock is hard to deny. 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 sorts of swings have an undeniable charm. But as a Clayton rental property owner, is it a good idea to approve porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Even though swings and hammocks can be a big draw for tenants, they also come with certain risks. Before establishing or permitting a swing or hammock, you must think about all possible outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one feature in a house that many residents like – at least in theory. While the facts show that a porch swing can be a pleasant place to spend time, greet friends, and rest, it can also rapidly become a safety hazard. When a porch swing is correctly installed and utilized carefully, it is quite safe. But over the long haul, the structural support a swing demands may deteriorate, resulting in the swing breaking down.

It can also be simple for young children to hurt themselves on the swing, either by falling off or being hit by it while it’s moving. Lastly, because they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may begin to splinter or crack – especially if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are different from swing sets in many elements, but the most noticeable is the height of the rope. Dissimilar to swing sets, which are quite close to the ground, a tree swing is often longer and can propel a person higher into the air. While this adds to the excitement, it is also incredibly dangerous should anyone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are often far more hazardous than those from different sorts 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 have the potential to destroy trees. However, hammocks are also frequently observed to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are preferable among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers since they are lightweight and simple to store. They can be set up and taken down relatively fast and provide a lovely spot to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are different kinds of hammocks, including some with a freestanding frame. Of course, hammocks also include a risk of accident and injury, and like any swing, they can be a genuine hazard if not used responsibly.

Swing Sets

The subject of swings and the risks involved naturally lead to children’s swing sets. Though all swings do carry the risk of injury, a well-designed swing set is perhaps the safest of a wide range 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 is yours to decide. But by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can more effortlessly make that decision when the time comes.


Indeed, not all decisions are easy to make, even when you have all the information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Specialist if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Clayton property managers can help you decide what is best for your property and situation and give you the advice and guidance you want to make owning rental properties an enjoyment. Call us at 314-931-0300.

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