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

Sandusky Children in a Backyard HammockThe appeal of a swing or a hammock is unquestionable. 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 varieties of swings carry an irresistible charm. However, as a Sandusky rental property owner, is it best to let porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Although swings and hammocks can be a significant factor for tenants, they also come with risks. Before placing or favoring a swing or hammock, you need to think about all possible outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one feature in a residence that several people recognize – generally. While it’s right that a porch swing can be an enjoyable place to hang around, greet neighbors, and unwind, it can also rapidly become a safety hazard. It is generally safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and used conscientiously. But in the long run, the structural support a swing needs may weaken, causing the swing to fall.

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 moving. In the end, since they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may start to splinter or crack – especially if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are different from swing sets in many ways, but the most critical is the length of the rope. In contrast to swing sets, which are somewhat 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 appeal, it is also extremely dangerous should anyone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are often far more terrible than those from other types 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 hold the potential of harming trees. Yet, hammocks are also often recognized 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 give a relaxing area to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are different types of hammocks, such as some with a freestanding frame. Undoubtedly, hammocks are also associated with a danger of accident and injury, and similar to any swing, they can be a serious hazard if not used responsibly.

Swing Sets

The concept of swings and the risks involved naturally lead to children’s swing sets. While 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 decide. However, by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can more assuredly make that decision when the time comes.


Obviously, not all decisions are easy to make, even after you have substantial information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Clarity Team if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Sandusky property managers can help you decide 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 567-200-2320.

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