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

Plymouth 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 types of swings carry an irresistible charm. However, as a Plymouth rental property owner, is it advisable to approve porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Even though swings and hammocks are alluring for tenants, they also contain some risks. Before constructing or approving a swing or hammock, it is a good idea to examine all potential outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one feature of a home that many people enjoy – at least in theory. While it is obvious that a porch swing can be a perfect destination to hang out, greet neighbors, and relax, it can also rapidly turn into a safety hazard. It is relatively safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and used attentively. However, as time goes by, the structural support a swing necessitates may weaken, causing the swing to collapse.

It may also be easy for young children to hurt themselves on the swing, either by falling off or being hit by it while playing. Ultimately, as 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 not the same to swing sets in various aspects, but the most notable is the height of the rope. Dissimilar to swing sets, which are relatively close to the ground, a tree swing is often longer and can propel a person higher into the air. While this adds to the appeal, it is also quite dangerous should anyone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are usually far worse compared to 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.


In addition to tree swings, hammocks also have the ability to ruin trees. But hammocks are also commonly perceived to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are popular among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers as they are lightweight and easy to store. They can be set up and taken down quite fast and provide a comfortable place to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are many versions of hammocks, like ones with a freestanding frame. Certainly, hammocks also contain the potential of accident and injury, and like any swing, they can be a real hazard if not used properly.

Swing Sets

The topic of swings and the risks involved naturally lead to children’s swing sets. While all swings do carry the risk of injury, a well-constructed swing set is likely the safest of all forms 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 entirely up to you. However, by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can more surely make that decision when the time comes.


As expected, not all decisions are easy to make, even when you have sufficient information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Viking if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Plymouth property managers can help you decide what is best for your property and environment and give you the advice and guidance you need to make owning rental properties a pleasure. Call us at 612-442-8850.

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