Southwestern Management And Realty Team

The Top 2 Rental Property Amenities Tenants Want Most

Every landlord and property manager knows that a high tenant turnover rate can kill a rental property investment. So as a landlord, you want to have property amenities that create a happy, long-term tenant.

Sure paint, accent walls, and shiny new kitchen appliances go a long way to appeal to the eye — but they are not the amenities that count most among renters.

Tenants want functionality. Giving them a functional environment will help them feel more at home in the property.

So what makes tenants the most happy?

Storage and parking.

Let’s expand.

Storage Means More Satisfaction

People want places to store their belongings, whether it’s under the stairs, in a larger closet, or an outdoor shed- if they have enough storage, people will never want to leave.

Even if you have to raise the rent by 2%, tenants will go out to the garage and think, “I have all this stuff here and I have to move that over a $10 or $15 increase? No way, I’m staying here another year.”

Plentiful Parking

We’ve found that nothing is more depressing for a tenant than to have to park on the street three blocks away, with groceries in hand, and walk to their home. It’s even worse in rainy weather.

Coming back to the original psychology; we want tenants to act like homeowners. Homeowners typically at least have a driveway to park in. It sounds crazy, but If you don’t have a place for off-street parking, you’re instantly eliminating 80% of your tenants.


The key is to identify pain points and then get rid of them. The pain is in parking and the pain is in not being able to store things. If you want to instantly upgrade your rental property, our advice is to start there and THEN add additional features that have aesthetic appeal.

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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.