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

Flushing Children in a Backyard HammockIt’s hard to deny 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, different kinds of swings hold an undeniable charm. However, as a Flushing rental property owner, is it a smart move to permit porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Even though swings and hammocks can be a major attraction for tenants, they are also associated with risks. Before placing or agreeing on a swing or hammock, it’s necessary to consider all potential outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one element in a house that several individuals enjoy – at least in theory. While it’s correct that a porch swing can be an enjoyable place to spend time, greet neighbors, and rest, it can also easily turn into a safety hazard. It is relatively safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and utilized cautiously. But over time, the structural support a swing needs may deteriorate, causing the swing to collapse.

It may 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. After all, since they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may begin to splinter or crack – particularly if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are distinct from swing sets in numerous aspects, but the most vital is the height of the rope. Dissimilar to swing sets, which are very 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 attraction, it is also extremely dangerous should anyone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are usually much more serious 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.


Same as tree swings, hammocks also contain the potential of destroying trees. But hammocks are also commonly considered safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are popular among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers because they are lightweight and simple to store. They can be set up and taken down quite fast and give a pleasant spot to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are numerous kinds of hammocks, such as some with a freestanding frame. Obviously, hammocks also come with a possibility of accident and injury, and like any swing, they can be a significant hazard if not utilized responsibly.

Swing Sets

The concept of swings and the risks involved inevitably lead to children’s swing sets. Even though all swings do carry the risk of injury, a well-constructed swing set is probably the safest of all kinds 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 easily make that decision when the time comes.


Obviously, not all decisions are simple to make, even after you have sufficient information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management New York Gold if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Flushing property managers can assist you with determining what is best for your property and situation and offer you the advice and guidance you need to make having rental properties a pleasure. Call us at 347-905-5770.

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