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

What we look for in Fairfax tenants

In Fairfax, Nesbitt Realty likes to deal with good tenants. Here are a few of the traits we look for.

  1. A desirable renter pays the rent when due every month. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. A great tenant is honest. A good tenant does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. A great renter is fastidious. An ideal tenant does not bring pests such as rodents and bugs.
  4. A reliable renter does not break the property.
  5. An ideal tenant is courteous and nice to get along with. A good tenant understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A great tenant doesn't annoy neighbors.
  7. A great tenant reports problems at appropriate times. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost property owners money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. A reliable tenant doesn't complain when it's not appropriate. This means that a good tenant doesn't demand to replace functioning systems. A great renter doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A reliable renter doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the tenant doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A desirable tenant does not smoke in the rental.
  10. A great renter is looking for a rental term that is as long as the real estate investor wants to rent the rental.

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


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge applicants in Fairfax 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 trying as renters. If a potential renter makes false statements, we will expect them to be unreliable as a renter.  If a potential tenant has troubles producing fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we can expect that same potential tenant will have problems while they are in the rental.

But even if every appearance initially is good we still vet every potential tenant with a full background check. Every potential tenant 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 Fairfax: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 real estate investor based upon our experience as rental managers in Fairfax and the information that we have verified. Ultimately the owner decides if the risk is worth taking, but they make that decision based upon facts and our expert advice.

Should you know more about the area?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a helpful resource for anyone who needs to find out more about Fairfax and nearby areas.  The Guide to Real Estate compiles facts regarding what has sold and what is for sale, as well as many surprising facts that you might not know.  Also, our Guide highlights quite a few of the elements of life in Fairfax.  Yes, all of this is interesting for buyers and sellers, but owners and tenants might also find the facts to be quite edifying.

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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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