Southwestern Management And Realty Team

Tenant Newsletter – February 2019

Rents: Just a reminder that rent is due on the 1st of each month but you do have a grace period until the 5th. IT MUST be in SMART’S office by the 5th by 5 pm and you will NOT be considered late! 2 pm deadline if paying online!

Owner Reserve Accounts: The GLVAR which is our police for being an agent has now issued a new lease. On your next renewal, the lease which is even longer now than before is completely different. So, when you get your renewal–PLEASE make sure you read everything. Once we receive the lease and it is counter-signed by the Broker, you will receive via email a fully executed lease. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

SMART is growing by leaps and bounds. When you send an email to the office PLEASE in the subject line reference your property address. It will help us out a lot and save time when looking up your file.

HOA Police: As the weather starts to get nice outside, the weeds will start to pop up. Don’t give the HOA police anything to crab about. If you see a weed–pull it, also make sure your garbage cans are put out of sight and/or in the garage. As you ALL know–I HATE HOA’s–let’s all work together so they won’t complain!


Keep your cat inside. Outdoors cats can freeze, become lost or stolen. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to fatal infectious diseases, including rabies. During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes choose to sleep under the hoods of cars, where it is warmer, then the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed in the fan belt. To prevent this, bang on the hood LOUDLY, wait a few seconds before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

Never leave your dog/cat alone in a car during the cold. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. Your companion could freeze to death. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed, take them outdoors only long enough to do their business. Puppies DO NOT tolerate the cold as well & may be difficult to potty train. If necessary, paper train your puppy inside if they appear to be sensitive to the weather. If you own a short-har breed, consider a warm coat/sweater. While this may seem to be a luxury, it is a necessity for many breeds. Finally,  make sure your companion has a warm place to sleep far away from all drafts & off the floor, such as a dog/cat bed/basket with a warm blanket or pillow in it.

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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.