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

What we look for in Rosslyn tenants

In Rosslyn, our management staff wants to deal with good renters. Here are some of the traits we look for.

  1. A good tenant pays the rent on time every month. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. An ideal tenant is trustworthy. An ideal renter does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
  3. A great tenant is neat. A good tenant does not attract pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. An ideal tenant does not break the property.
  5. A great renter is courteous and pleasant to get along with. A great tenant knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A trustworthy renter doesn't bother neighbors.
  7. A trustworthy tenant reports problems at appropriate times. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. A reliable renter doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a trustworthy renter doesn't ask to upgrade functioning systems. A trustworthy renter doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A good 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 home.
  10. A great 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 standard? Experience has taught us that difficult tenants can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with great jobs. We have a nose for sniffing out bad renters.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge applicants in Rosslyn based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess applicants based upon their history and their actions. If a applicant is rude to our managers at the start, they will probably be rude as tenants. If a person is dishonest, we will expect them to be dishonest as a renter.  If a n applicant has difficulty scrounging up certified fundsfor 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 if every statement initially is good we still vet every potential tenant with a complete background check. Every potential renter and occupant must submit a government-issue photo identification. From there, as property managers we start our vetting process.

How we protect the landlord’s interests in Rosslyn: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

Rosslyn Rental Management Resources


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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 property managers in Rosslyn and the information that 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 want understand more about our community?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a handy resource for everyone who wants to review important real estate information about Rosslyn and nearby communities.  The Guide to Real Estate compiles data about what has sold and what is on the market, as well as many surprising facts that you may not know.  In addition, our Guide has many of the benefits of life in Rosslyn.  Of course, all of this is helpful for buyers and sellers, but landlords and renters might also find this data to be quite enlightening.

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

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