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

Jerome Children in a Backyard HammockIt’s hard to ignore 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, various types of swings carry an obvious charm. However, as a Jerome rental property owner, is it a good choice to permit porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Even though swings and hammocks can be a major attraction for tenants, they also go along with risks. Before placing or permitting on a swing or hammock, you need to evaluate all potential outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one element in a house that several individuals appreciate – at least in theory. While it’s clear that a porch swing can be an excellent place to spend time, greet neighbors, and relax, it can also easily turn into a safety hazard. It is quite safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and operated attentively. But as time went by, the structural support a swing requires may fail, causing the swing to collapse.

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

Tree Swings

Tree swings are distinct from swing sets in several ways, but the most outstanding is the height of the rope. Unlike swing sets, which are very close to the ground, a tree swing is often longer and can propel a person higher into the air. Even though this is part of the enjoyment, it is also extremely dangerous should anyone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are usually much more worrying than 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.


Other than tree swings, hammocks also contain the possibility of destroying trees. Nonetheless, hammocks are also commonly seen to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are appealing among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers because they are lightweight and effortless to store. They can be set up and taken down quite easily and offer a comfortable place to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are multiple kinds of hammocks, such as ones with a freestanding frame. Assuredly, hammocks also come with a possibility of accident and injury, and same with any swing, they can be a major hazard if not utilized properly.

Swing Sets

The subject of swings and the risks involved inevitably lead to children’s swing sets. Even though all swings do carry the risk of injury, a well-constructed 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 is one that only you can determine. However, by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can more quickly make that decision when the time comes.


Undeniably, not all decisions are straightforward to make, even after you have the appropriate information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Magic Valley if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Jerome property managers can assist you with choosing what is best for your property and circumstances and offer you the advice and guidance you deserve to make having rental properties a delight. Call us at 208-734-4001.

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