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Should You Allow a Fire Pit at Your Nashville Rental Property?

Tenants Roasting Over a Fire Pit at a Nashville Rental PropertyFire pits are a common item in some backyards. While fire pits can be fun, but can also create serious risks. These risks should make any Nashville rental property owner think twice before establishing one. It is fundamental for tenant relations to cultivate enjoyment of the home, which involves allowing renters to personalize their indoor and outdoor living spaces – to some extent.

Before you say yes to a fire pit request, be sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. This post will look closely at some pros and cons of allowing fire pits on your rental properties and a few essential things to consider before responding to a tenant’s request.

It’s Just Good Business

Perhaps the most imperative reason to allow a fire pit at your rental is that it will probably make your tenant happy. And happy tenants are suitable for your business. Productive communication is the foundation of owning successful rental properties. Of course, you need to set clear limits for your tenants so they will not attempt to take advantage of your goodwill. However, it may be worth considering if a fire pit in the backyard is likely to keep them in your rental longer.

The Downsides

Every situation is unique; that’s why you need to understand the risks that accompany residential fire pits – and that these risks may vary depending on who your tenant is and where your rental can be found. Unfortunately, about 5,000 Americans are injured yearly by propane, charcoal, or wood-burning fires.

Because of the popularity of fire pits, individuals injured primarily by outdoor fireplaces and fire pits tripled in just six years. Fires may suddenly get out of control, posing additional risks to your property and the occupants. There is no assurance that your tenant will be familiar with basic fire safety or that they will exercise good judgment around the open flames in their fire pit.

In addition, several regions have regulations restricting outdoor fire pits or only permitting them under certain conditions. It is advisable to research these regulations in your actual city, county, and state before allowing a fire pit to be constructed at your rental home.

More to Consider

Despite the risks, it is significant to mention that correctly setting up and handling a fire pit can help minimize them. If you see that your tenant is responsible enough to observe proper safety guidelines, you might consider agreeing to a fire pit if certain conditions are met. For instance, you should seek details about what kind of fire pit they intend, along with how and where it will be installed on the property. Your property’s curb appeal is fundamental to your property values and your ability to rent the property again in the future. It is also critical to ensure that the fire pit is not an eyesore or a threat to your yard, patio, or home – the fire pit is placed too close to the siding, for instance.

In addition, a responsible tenant should still be instructed in fire pit safety, which you can do yourself. Consider sharing information with them or signing an addendum to the lease that vouches for their fire pit safety know-how.

Ultimately, checking with your insurance carrier about the potential effect allowing a fire pit may have on your coverage and rates is critical. If you don’t, and your property is damaged, you may not be covered for the repairs. Your tenant should also have their own renter’s insurance that covers fire-related injuries and damage.


Determining whether to allow a fire pit at your rental may involve some effort, but it’s imperative to have all the facts before settling on a choice. Yet, if you’d rather spend your time on other tasks, Real Property Management Key Response can help. Our Nashville property management professionals can help you handle all of your tenant’s requests and provide valuable advice and information you need to not only keep your tenants (and your property) safe but also profitable. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.

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