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

Warminster 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 types of swings hold an undeniable charm. But as a Warminster rental property owner, it is a good idea to allow porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Although swings and hammocks can be a big draw for tenants, they also come with risks. Before installing or approving a swing or hammock, it’s important to consider all possible outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one highlight in a home that multiple individuals love – at least in theory. While it’s undeniable that a porch swing can be a fun location to hang around at, greet friends, and relax, it can also easily become a safety hazard. When a porch swing is correctly installed and used properly, it is quite safe. But eventually, the structural support a swing needs may fail, triggering the swing to collapse.

It can also be easy for young children to hurt themselves on the swing, whether from falling off or being hit with it when it’s swinging. At last, since they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may begin to splinter or crack – mostly if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are dissimilar from swing sets in a variety of ways, but the most notable is the height of the rope. Not like swing sets, which are quite close to the ground, a tree swing is often longer and can propel a person higher into the air. Though this is part of the excitement, it is also extremely dangerous should someone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are usually far more dangerous than other 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.


Comparable to tree swings, hammocks also possess the possibility of injuring trees. However, hammocks are also frequently seen to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are famous among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers due to the fact that they are lightweight and uncomplicated to store. They can be set up and taken down relatively quickly and offer a comfy spot to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are several styles of hammocks, some of which include a freestanding frame. Undeniably, hammocks are also associated with a threat of accident and injury, and same with any swing, they can be a real hazard if not utilized correctly.

Swing Sets

The issue of swings and the risks involved certainly lead to children’s swing sets. Even though all swings do carry the risk of injury, a properly made swing set is probably 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 safely make that decision when the time comes.


Undeniably, not all decisions are easy to make, even once you have adequate information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Prosperity if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Warminster property managers can help you identify what is best for your property and condition and offer you the advice and guidance you deserve to make owning rental properties a pleasure. Call us at 267-364-5785.

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