Vetting Tenants — How we protect the landlord’s interests.

What we seek in Northern Virginia renters

In Northern Virginia, Nesbitt Realty likes to deal with dependable renters. Here are a few of the traits we expect.

  1. An ideal renter pays the rent on time every month. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. An ideal renter is trustworthy. An ideal tenant does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
  3. A good renter is fussy about cleanliness. A trustworthy tenant does not bring pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A trustworthy renter does not damage the property or its systems.
  5. A desirable tenant is courteous and pleasant to work with. A good renter understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. An ideal renter doesn't disturb neighbors.
  7. A great tenant complains when appropriate. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. A great renter doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a good tenant doesn't ask to replace functioning systems. A trustworthy tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. An ideal renter doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the renter doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A great renter does not smoke in the home.
  10. A desirable tenant is looking for a lease that is as long as the real estate investor wants to rent the home.

So this is what we're looking for in a renter, but how do we find renters who measure up to this standard? Experience has taught us that troublesome tenants can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with great jobs. We have a nose for sniffing out bad renters.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge applicants in Northern Virginia based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however judge potential tenants based upon their reputation and their actions. If a applicant is rude to our staff at the beginning, they will probably be difficult as renters. If a n applicant is dishonest, we can expect them to be unreliable as a tenant.  If a person has difficulty finding fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same potential tenant will have problems while they are in the rental.

But even when every statement initially is promising we still check the background of each potential tenant with a complete background check. Every potential renter and occupant must submit a government-issue photo identification. From there, as property managers we start our vetting process.

How we protect the landlord’s interests in Northern Virginia:Nesbitt Realty is committed to Fair Housing

  1. We Check The Applicant’s Credit History
  2. We Investigate The Applicant’s Criminal History
  3. We Investigate The Applicant’s Rental History
  4. We Look For Internal Consistency In The Rental Application
  5. We Want To Know If The Applicant Can Afford The Rent

Northern Virginia Rental Management Resources


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How Nesbitt Realty vets renters for our clients.

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Our recommendation

After the background check is reviewed we make a recommendation to the owner based upon our experience as property managers in Northern Virginia and the information that we have verified. Ultimately the real estate investor decides if the risk is worth taking, but they make that decision based upon facts and our expert advice.

Do you want know more about our community?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a free resource for anyone who hopes to find out more about Northern Virginia and neighboring communities.  The Guide to Real Estate includes information regarding what has sold and what is on the market, and a couple of surprising facts that you may not be aware of.  Furthermore, our Guide highlights some benefits of residing in Northern Virginia.  Yes, all of this is helpful for buyers and sellers, but rental investors and tenants should also find these tools to be very enlightening.

Our Broker Will Nesbitt

Will Nesbitt
Will Nesbitt

"I am by nature a trusting person, but this business has taught me to verify every statement that a tenant makes. Scammers and bad tenants can sometimes give every appearance of being trustworthy and upright people. We never cut corners on background checks." ~ Will Nesbitt

Julie Nesbitt

Will and Julie
On the boat at Sunset

 I like tenants that pay on time. Late paying tenants cause extra work and unnecessary stress for landlords and property managers. ~ Julie Nesbitt