Southwestern Management And Realty Team

FAQ: Should Pets Be Allowed in My Rental Property?

Ahhh, pets. property management las vegas

This is a highly debated issue in the rental industry. Tenants love their pets, but landlords sometimes don’t have the same fondness for our four-legged friends.

Truth be told, however, deciding if you should allow pets in your rental impacts how much profit you make, and how many tenants will be interested in your property.

A whopping 68% of U.S. households have a pet, yet according to a landlord survey, only 55% of landlords allow pets in their rental properties.

So, where does SMART stand on the issue?

We tell landlords that pets are an opportunity to have more tenants want to rent your property. What’s more, tenants with pets tend to be more responsible, pay their rent on time, and take better care of their space.

Other benefits of allowing pets in your rental include:

You Could Charge a Higher Rent, a Pet Deposit, or Pet Rent

Landlords who allow pets tend to make more money by charging pet deposits, pet fees, or pet rent.

Pet Owners are More Likely to Renew the Lease

Pet owners tend to not to want to move. After all, moving with a pet is hard. For one, there aren’t as many properties available to pet parents. Second, pet parents, especially dog owners, typically do not want to stress out their pets by moving often.

SMART’s Policy on Pets

Potential tenants that notify us of pets are thoroughly screened – size, breed, are shots up-to-date, etc.

Generally speaking, a well behaved dog or cat will cause little “wear and tear” in the home or in the yard.

Our pet deposits are refundable providing there is no damage.

Our policy is pets 30 pounds and under will require a $300 deposit and larger animals will be $500. We DO NOT ACCEPT VIOLENT BREEDS.

Do you have any questions about our pet policy for rentals? Give SMART a call — we’d be happy provide you with the answers you need!

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SMART Rental Qualifications

The following are Southwestern Management And Realty Team’s (SMART) guidelines for renting a property through SMART. Each and every application will be reviewed by a member of SMART and could be adjusted depending on credit/income and the application itself. Please be truthful!

Rental Qualifications

  • Applicant MUST be 18 years or older and application fee is $65.00 per person and is non-refundable.


  • Minimum score of 650
  • No EVICTIONS in the past 5 years
  • No utility collections (gas, power, water)

Income Verification

  • Income MUST be 3 times the monthly rent for good credit 650+ and 4 times if applicant has poor credit but good income.
  • MUST be verifiable
  • MUST be with current employer for at least 6 months.
    **If self-employed—CPA financial statements and/or tax returns are acceptable.

Employment History

(you could be required to show proof if requested, paycheck stubs, etc.)

  • Verifiable employment history for the past 3 years
    **If self-employed/retired/not employed—can verify income with signed tax returns and/or bank statements.

Rental History Verification

  • Verify for the past 3 years
  • Must provide: Landlord Names, and phone number, email (if available) on the online application.

Criminal Background Check

SMART does check—Criminal, Sex Offender and Terrorist database

  • NO sex offenders
  • NO crimes—violent crimes, prostitution, domestic violence, possession of weapons or illegal drugs


MUST be 30 pounds & under & absolutely no violent breeds—ask SMART for the Pet Policy

  • 2 pets max
  • NO ferrets or snakes
  • NO Dangerous, poisonous or illegal pets
  • NO aquariums larger than 10 gallons

Emotional Support pets are NOT considered a Service Animal and not under ADA laws.