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

What we seek in Northern Virginia tenants

In Northern Virginia, our team likes to deal with good renters. Here are a few of the traits we expect.

  1. An ideal tenant pays the rent on time every time. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. A desirable renter is trustworthy. A desirable renter does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. A trustworthy tenant is fastidious. An ideal renter does not attract pests such as rodents and bugs.
  4. A desirable tenant does not break systems.
  5. A great renter is courteous and nice to get along with. A trustworthy renter knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A great renter doesn't bother neighbors.
  7. A trustworthy renter reports problems when appropriate. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost property owners money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. A trustworthy tenant doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a reliable tenant doesn't demand to upgrade functioning systems. A great tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A trustworthy tenant doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the renter doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A desirable tenant does not smoke in the home.
  10. A trustworthy renter is looking for a lease that is as long as the landlord 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 ideal? Experience has taught us that tardy renters can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with great jobs. We have a nose for sniffing out troublesome renters.


Our Five Step Process

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

But even when every appearance initially is good we still check the background of each potential tenant with a full background check. Every potential tenant 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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Our recommendation

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

Should you understand more about the local real estate market?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a helpful tool for everyone who needs to find out more about Northern Virginia and surrounding communities.  The Guide to Real Estate provides data about what has sold and what is for sale, and a few compelling facts that you might not know.  In addition, our Guide spotlights quite a few of the assets of living in Northern Virginia.  Of course, all of this is helpful for purchasers and sellers, but owners and renters will likely also find the facts to be very useful.

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

Julie Nesbitt

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