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

Cranston Children in a Backyard HammockIt’s hard to disagree with 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, several kinds of swings carry an undeniable charm. However, as a Cranston rental property owner, is it recommended to consent porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Though swings and hammocks may be a huge lure for tenants, they also contain risks. Before installing or authorizing a swing or hammock, it’s advisable to think about all potential outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one item in a property that numerous people enjoy – at least in theory. While it’s clear that a porch swing can be a good location to hang out, see neighbors, and relax, it can also quickly become a safety hazard. It is generally safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and utilized attentively. But as time goes by, the structural support a swing needs may deteriorate, causing the swing to crash.

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

Tree Swings

Tree swings are dissimilar from swing sets in various ways, but the most important is the height of the rope. Unlike 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 is part of the appeal, it is also incredibly dangerous should anyone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are often far more terrible 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.


The same as tree swings, hammocks also hold the chance of destroying trees. But hammocks are also commonly thought to be safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are favored among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers as they are lightweight and straightforward to store. They can be set up and taken down very fast and give a peaceful location to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are numerous versions of hammocks, including ones with a freestanding frame. Naturally, hammocks also carry the risk 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-structured 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 definitely depends on you. However, by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can more securely make that decision when the time comes.


As was anticipated, not all decisions are easy to make, even when you have sufficient information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Providence if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Cranston property managers can help you choose 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 401-272-3300.

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