Southwestern Management And Realty Team

“The Rent is Too High. Can I Get it Reduced?”

Our biggest value at SMART is our commitment to uncompromising professionalism in our representation of your investment. You trust us as your property manager to market your property, to take care of maintenance and repair issues, and to find the best tenants for your home. You trust us to collect rent and to handle any problems that may arise. We value your trust.

You’re probably aware that we have a rigorous screening process. We aim for the highest quality renters for your property, because we want to protect your investment through renting to people who will enjoy your home, take good care of it, and stay for longer periods of time.

So, what happens when a tenant comes to us and says, “I like living here, but the rent is too high.”

Questions to Consider About the Tenant

We know the economy is still challenging for many people, and it’s not uncommon for tenants— even good ones—to ask for a rent reduction. But before granting a reduction, there are a number of questions that must be considered. The first questions concern finances.

  • What would vacancy cost you if you refuse the request?
  • How much of a reduction are they requesting?
  • What is the remaining term on their lease?
  • What is the amount of reduction, multiplied by the remaining lease term—versus the cost to you of a month’s vacancy, plus rent ready expenses?

The next set of questions are character driven.

  • How have they performed during their tenancy?
  • Have they paid on time?
  • Have they taken good care of the property?
  • Are they free of any HOA or city code violations?
  • If they have been good, responsible tenants, is it worth granting the request in order to keep them?

The Value of a Property Manager

In our experience, there are no cookie-cutter solutions, because every situation is unique. As your property manager, SMART will conduct a thorough analysis to determine what your home should rent for in today’s market. We will also weigh the human side of the equation and give you our best professional advice, based on our assessment of all the factors.

Trust is earned, and we’ll work to gain your trust by doing our best on your behalf.

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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.