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

What we look for in Arlington Ridge renters

In Arlington Ridge, our management staff prefers to work with good renters. Here are some of the traits we look for.

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

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


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge people in Arlington Ridge based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess potential tenants based upon their reputation and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with our staff from the outset, they will probably be difficult as renters. If a potential renter lies, we will expect them to be unreliable as a renter.  If a potential tenant has a problem finding money for background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same potential renter will have troubles while they are in the rental.

But even when every statement initially is promising we still vet every person 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.

How we protect the landlord’s interests in Arlington Ridge: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 complete we make a recommendation to the property owner based upon our experience as rental managers in Arlington Ridge 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 our community?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a helpful resource for anyone who wants to review important real estate information about Arlington Ridge and surrounding communities.  The Guide to Real Estate includes information about what has sold and what is on the market, and a couple of compelling facts that you might not know.  And, our Guide spotlights many of the elements of living in Arlington Ridge.  Yes, all of this is useful for purchasers and sellers, but rental investors and tenants will likely also find this information to be quite enlightening.

Our Broker Will Nesbitt

Will Nesbitt
Will Nesbitt, Principal Broker at Nesbitt Realty

"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

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Will 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