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

What we seek in Arlington renters

In Arlington, our team wants to work with good tenants. Here are some of the traits we seek out.

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

So this is what we're looking for in a tenant, but how do we find renters who live 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 unreasonable renters.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge potential renters in Arlington based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess potential renters based upon their track record and their actions. If a applicant is rude to our staff at the outset, they will probably be trying as renters. If a potential tenant is caught fabricating facts, we will expect them to be untrustworthy as a tenant.  If a potential renter has a problem scrounging up certified fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we can expect that same applicant will have problems during the lease.

But even if every appearance initially is good we still vet every potential renter with a complete background check. Every potential renter and occupant must provide 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 property owner based upon our experience as rental managers in Arlington and the information which we have verified. Ultimately the landlord decides if the risk is worth taking, but they make that decision based upon facts and our expert advice.

Do you need understand more about this community?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a helpful resource for anyone who wants to investigate real estate facts about Arlington and surrounding communities.  The Guide to Real Estate provides information about what has sold and what is currently listed, as well as some surprising facts that you might not be aware of.  Not to mention, our Guide features some assets of residing in Arlington.  Naturally, all of this is interesting for buyers and sellers, but landlords and renters should also find this data 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

Real Estate hours and equipment assembly located in Nesbitt Realty headquarter(s) (703) 765 0300

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