As the owner of single-family rental homes in Austin, the chances are high that in the future, 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 an essential one. There are many reasons why a tenant would want a trampoline, which may tempt you to concur. But 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 various positive benefits to jumping on a trampoline: it provides both fun and healthy exercise, improves coordination, and encourages muscle growth. Many people use trampolines to help develop skills used in other sports, like gymnastics, diving, and even ballet. A trampoline can give hours of entertainment and keep energetic youngsters occupied. Trampoline manufacturers have attempted to make trampolines safer, with safety nets and in-ground options proposed to reduce certain types of falls and injuries.
Then again, statistics show that even with safety precautions, most of these benefits come with serious risks. Most landlords and property owners prohibit trampolines, and for a valid reason. In the U.S., trampolines cause about 100,000 injuries every year. In all actuality, between 2002 and 2011, more than 1 million people wound up in the emergency room with trampoline-related injuries. A few of these injuries were things like broken legs and arms, which could be even worse. 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. When 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 destroyed trampoline, and so they leave it to deteriorate in the yard. That heap of junk then becomes your problem once they move out.
Because of these many downsides, it is not surprising that trampolines are often viewed as such a big liability. Even though you have a lease addendum that assigns full responsibility to the tenant if they choose to get a trampoline, there is no guarantee against future litigation.
However, it’s significant to consider at least whether your tenant might feel that having a trampoline (or not) is a deal-breaker. Their long-term satisfaction with the rental property is important to your long-term success, that’s why denying any request should be done carefully and for a good reason. That is why to avoid future hurt feelings and disappointment, the decision of whether or not to allow trampolines on your Austin property is the main thing 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 additions such as trampolines, hire a trusted Austin property manager like Real Property Management All Connect. We make life easier for you and your tenants. Contact us online or call us at 512-806-0606 for more information.
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