As the owner of single-family rental homes in Grafton, the chances are high that at a certain point, one or more of your tenants will ask to have a trampoline in the yard. Allowing trampolines on your rental property is yet another decision that you will need to make, and it is a vital one. There are many reasons why a tenant would want a trampoline, which may tempt you to say yes. But then there are also good reasons not to allow trampolines on your rental property. Before making a decision, it’s significant to understand both the risks and benefits are of allowing your tenants to have a trampoline.
Trampolines are a popular choice for those living in single-family dwellings. There are many positive benefits to jumping on a trampoline: it renders both fun and healthy exercise, improves coordination, and encourages muscle growth. Many people use trampolines to help develop skills used in other sports, such as gymnastics, diving, and even ballet. A trampoline can provide hours of entertainment and keep energetic youngsters occupied. Trampoline manufacturers have made and effort to make trampolines safer, with safety nets and in-ground options designed to reduce certain types of falls and injuries.
Nevertheless, statistics show that even with safety precautions, all of these benefits come with serious risks. Most landlords and property owners prohibit trampolines, and for a good reason. In the U.S., trampolines cause about 100,000 injuries every year. In fact, between 2002 and 2011, more than 1 million people wound up in the emergency room with trampoline-related injuries. For most of these injuries were things like broken legs and arms, but can be much graver. Fractured ribs, sternum, spine, and head are all common injuries caused by trampolines, some of which even result in permanent neurological damage.
Trampolines can also become a hazard in other ways. If the trampoline isn’t properly maintained or starts to rust, it could quickly become a real eyesore. Having a trampoline in a grassy yard makes yard maintenance a lot more difficult since the trampoline must be moved each time the lawn is mowed. If the trampoline stays in one place too long, there’s a good chance that it will kill off the grass underneath. Sometimes tenants don’t have the means to move or get rid of an old or broken trampoline, and so they leave it to deteriorate in the yard. That heap of junk then becomes your problem once they move out.
With so many downsides, it’s no wonder that trampolines are often viewed as such a big liability. Even if you have a lease addendum that assigns full responsibility to the tenant should they choose to get a trampoline, that is no guarantee against future litigation.
Regardless, it’s significant to consider at least whether your tenant might feel that having a trampoline (or not) a deal-breaker. Their long-term satisfaction with the rental property is important to your long-term success, and so denying any request should be done carefully and for a good reason. Which is why to avoid future hurt feelings and disappointment, the decision of whether or not to allow trampolines on your Grafton property is one that should be made early and communicated clearly to your tenant in the lease documents.
If you need help managing tenants or creating lease agreements for things like trampolines, hire a trusted Grafton property manager like Real Property Management Metro West-Worcester. We make life easier for you and your tenants. Contact us online or at 508-329-6000 today.
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