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

St. George 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, various sorts of swings have an unmistakable charm. But as a St. George rental property owner, is it beneficial to allow porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Although swings and hammocks might be attractive for tenants, they also come with risks. It is critical to examine all possible outcomes before installing or approving a swing or hammock.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one element in a home that many people adore – at least in theory. While there’s no denying that a porch swing may be a great place to hang out, greet friends, and relax, it can also easily become a safety hazard. When a porch swing is correctly installed and utilized correctly, it is relatively safe. But eventually, the structural support a swing needs may break, causing 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 while moving. Ultimately, since 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 differ from swing sets in a variety of aspects, but the most crucial is the height of the rope. Unlike 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 increases the thrill, it is also extremely dangerous should someone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are usually more harmful than 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 potential to harm the trees. However, hammocks are also usually perceived to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are attractive among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers due to the fact that they are lightweight and easy to store. They can be set up and taken down very fast and offer a relaxing spot to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are several varieties of hammocks, some of which feature a freestanding frame. Undeniably, hammocks also come with a threat of accident and injury, and like any swing, they can be a serious hazard if not utilized safely.

Swing Sets

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


Unquestionably, even with enough information to go on, not all decisions are easy to make. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Southern Utah if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our St. George property managers can help you identify what is best for your property and circumstances and offer you the advice and guidance you deserve to make owning rental properties a pleasure. Call us at 435-673-4242.

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