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

What we look for in Arlington renters

In Arlington, Nesbitt Realty prefers to work with dependable tenants. Here are some of the traits we seek out.

  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 reliable tenant has integrity. A great tenant does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
  3. A desirable tenant is neat. An ideal tenant does not attract pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A desirable tenant does not damage systems.
  5. A desirable tenant is courteous and pleasant to work with. A trustworthy renter knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A desirable renter doesn't bother neighbors.
  7. A desirable tenant reports problems at appropriate times. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause problems for property managers.
  8. A reliable tenant doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a great renter doesn't ask to replace functioning systems. A reliable tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A great renter doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the renter doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A desirable renter does not smoke in the property.
  10. An ideal renter is looking for a rental term that is as long as the landlord wants to rent the property.

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


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge potential tenants in Arlington 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 from the start, they will probably be difficult as tenants. If a person lies, 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 renter will have troubles during the lease.

But even when every appearance initially is good we still vet each potential tenant with a full background check. Every person and occupant must submit a government-issue photo identification. From there, as rental we start our vetting process.

How we protect the landlord’s interests in Arlington: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

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Our recommendation

After the background check is finished we make a recommendation to the owner based upon our experience as property managers in Arlington and the information which 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.

Do you want understand more about this local real estate market?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a helpful resource for anyone who wants to find out more about Arlington and surrounding communities.  The Guide to Real Estate compiles facts regarding what has sold and what is for sale, and a few interesting facts that you might not know.  Furthermore, our Guide features many of the benefits of living in Arlington.  Certainly, most of this is useful for buyers and sellers, but real estate investors and tenants will likely also find the facts to be very eye-opening.

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
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