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

What we look for in Clifton tenants

In Clifton, our team likes to deal with reliable tenants. Here are a few of the traits we expect.

  1. A great 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 renter is honest. An ideal renter does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. An ideal renter is reasonably clean. A desirable renter does not bring pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A trustworthy renter does not destroy the home.
  5. A reliable renter is courteous and pleasant to get along with. A good renter knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A great renter doesn't bother neighbors.
  7. A great renter complains when appropriate. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost real estate investors money and cause issues for property managers.
  8. A desirable renter doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a good renter doesn't demand to upgrade functioning systems. A reliable tenant 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 trustworthy renter does not smoke in the home.
  10. A good renter is looking for a lease that is as long as the owner wants to rent the home.

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


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge potential tenants in Clifton based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however judge applicants based upon their track record and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with our managers at the outset, they will probably be rude as tenants. If a n applicant lies, we can expect them to be dishonest as a tenant.  If a n applicant has a problem scrounging up certified fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we can expect that same potential tenant will have troubles while they are in the rental.

But even when every action initially is good we still vet each applicant with a complete background check. Every potential tenant 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 Clifton: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

Clifton Rental Management Resources


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How Nesbitt Realty vets renters for property owners.

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Our recommendation

After the background check is finished we make a recommendation to the landlord based upon our experience as rental managers in Clifton 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 need know more about the community?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a free resource for anyone who hopes to find out more about Clifton and neighboring areas.  The Guide to Real Estate includes data about what has sold and what is for sale, and a couple of interesting facts that you may not be aware of.  Not to mention, our Guide features many of the fundamentals of life in Clifton.  As a matter of course, all of this is helpful for buyers and sellers, but landlords and tenants will likely also find this data to be very informative.

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

Julie 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