What we seek in Northern Virginia renters
In Northern Virginia, our management staff likes to work with good tenants. Here are some of the traits we expect.
- A renter pays the rent on time every time. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
- A renter is honest. A tenant does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
- A tenant is reasonably clean. A renter does not attract pests like rodents and bugs.
- A renter does not misuse the home.
- A renter is courteous and pleasant to get along with. A renter knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
- A tenant doesn't disturb neighbors.
- A renter reports problems when appropriate. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause issues for property managers.
- A tenant doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a renter doesn't ask to replace functioning systems. A tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A renter doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the tenant doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
- A tenant does not smoke in the rental.
- A renter is looking for a lease that is as long as the property owner wants to rent the rental.
So this is what we're looking for in a renter, but how do we find renters who live up to this standard? Experience has taught us that unreasonable renters can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with 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 tenants in Northern Virginia based upon appearance. Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however judge people based upon their history and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with us at the start, they will probably be troublesome as tenants. If a lies, we will expect them to be unreliable as a tenant. If a has difficulty scrounging up certified fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same applicant will have troubles while they are in the rental.
But even when every statement initially is promising we still vet each potential renter with a complete background check. Every person and occupant must provide a government-issue photo identification. From there, as rental we start our vetting process.
Northern Virginia Property Management Resources
a handy source for landlords in Northern Virginia
- Before you lease out your rental property in Northern Virginia
- Collections and evictions
- Communications with the tenant
- During tenancy
- End of lease term and what happens when a tenant breaks the lease
- How does the rental investor get paid?
- How your rental manager handles the association and your community
- How your rental manager handles utilities
- How Nesbitt Realty & Management finds tenants
- Insurance matters for owners using our rental management
- How Nesbitt Realty & Management manage keys
- Northern Virginia landlord responsibilities
- Maintenance, repairs & inspections for your rental investment in Northern Virginia
- The move-in inspection
- Property management information form
- Selling a 1031 tax exchange & more
- Starting our management of your rental
- When owners don't yet know their new address
- Vetting renters in Northern Virginia
More Information About Northern Virginia
After the background check is reviewed we make a recommendation to the property owner based upon our experience as rental managers in Northern Virginia and the information which we have verified. Ultimately the owner decides if the risk is worth taking, but they make that decision based upon facts and our expert advice.
Do you want understand more about the area?
Our Guide to Real Estate is a free resource for anyone who needs to review important real estate information about Northern Virginia and neighboring areas. The Guide to Real Estate provides data regarding what has sold and what is on the market, and some compelling facts that you may not be aware of. Also, our Guide has many of the fundamentals of life in Northern Virginia. Definitely, all of this is interesting for buyers and sellers, but owners and renters will probably also find these tools to be somewhat informative.
Our Broker 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
I like tenants that pay on time. Late paying tenants cause extra work and unnecessary stress for landlords and property managers. ~ Julie Nesbitt