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.
- 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.
- A reliable tenant has integrity. A great tenant does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
- A desirable tenant is neat. An ideal tenant does not attract pests like rodents and bugs.
- A desirable tenant does not damage systems.
- A desirable tenant is courteous and pleasant to work with. A trustworthy renter knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
- A desirable renter doesn't bother neighbors.
- A desirable tenant reports problems at appropriate times. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause problems for property managers.
- 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.
- A desirable renter does not smoke in the property.
- 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.
Arlington Rental Management Resources
a handy reference for landlords in Arlington
- Before you rent out your rental property in Arlington
- Collections and evictions
- Communications with the tenant
- During tenancy
- End of tenancy and what happens when a renter breaks the lease
- How does the rental investor get paid?
- How your property manager handles the association and your community
- How your rental manager handles utilities
- How Nesbitt Realty & Management finds tenants
- Insurance matters for landlords using our property management
- How Nesbitt Realty & Management manage keys
- Arlington property owner responsibilities
- Maintenance, repairs & inspections for your rental investment in Arlington
- The move-in inspection
- Property management information form
- Selling a 1031 tax exchange & more
- Starting our management of your rental investment
- When property owners don't yet know their new address
- Vetting renters in Arlington
More Information About Arlington
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
"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