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When you have a sizable, lush green yard that accompanies your rental building, you may choose to celebrate the fact by personalizing your yard in certain aspects. Some common ways in which people do this include gardening, putting out yard stones or other decorations made from old home utensils, and making the yard a fun place for their children to hang out. In fact, for more than a few renters, property that includes a deep front or back yard is sought precisely because they want a safe and fun place for their children to play.

One popular undertaking of parents who find themselves renting a property with an expansive yard is to erect a swing set. The methods you will employ to actually build the set will depend entirely upon the type and size of your intended finished product. The process of building a set for very young children will differ in ways from building a set meant to hold the weight of older children and adults. In most cases, it is probably best to run the idea past your landlord before getting started, simply because the project will undoubtedly make a difference in ground around it.

Building Considerations

In most cases, you will discover that your landlord has no objection whatsoever to a swing set on the property under (usually) only one condition. That condition is that it is safe. Some factors that you might not at first consider, but that landlords certainly consider based on their past experiences, are whether children from surrounding rental properties will have access to the swing set and whether the set itself poses any potential threat to the structural integrity of your apartment, townhome, duplex, or other residential property.

This last factor, the potential threat rendered by your swing set, is especially important to consider if you live in an area frequently plagued by harsh weather. For those places that tend experience the brunt of hurricane season or have experienced their fair share of tornadoes, you may find landlords more reluctant to agree to the building of a swing set, at least unless they are able to independently verify that the set has been built to safe and sturdy specifications. When you are constructing a large swing set meant for small to large children, and adults as well, you will most likely need to employ post-setting cement in holes dug into the ground.

If your swing is of the magnitude that it will require cement, you will definitely need to ask your landlord's permission ahead of time, perhaps inviting him or her to oversee the process. When done correctly, cementing a swing set in place can both help ensure the physical safety of those who enjoy it and reduce the likelihood that the whole set will topple over given exceptional winds. If a landlord has previously been reluctant to grant permission to such structure in the yard, you may see some softening of the stance if you display a high level of familiarity with the building process and comprehension of your landlord's chief concerns.

A Community Swing Set

Building a swing set could potentially become an activity that equals savings or a rebate on your rent under certain circumstances. If your landlord or property management teams owns a block of residential buildings that all have access to certain yard space, you may consider suggesting that a community swing set be built. If you had intended to build a set for your own family, and accordingly have the supplies and know-how to erect the set already, you may be able to achieve savings on rent by building the set in a communal area.

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