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

What we seek in Springfield tenants

In Springfield, Nesbitt Realty prefers to deal with dependable renters. Here are a few of the traits we expect.

  1. A reliable renter pays the rent on time every time. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. A reliable renter is honest. A desirable tenant does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. An ideal renter is neat. A great tenant does not bring pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A great tenant does not damage the property or its systems.
  5. A desirable renter is courteous and pleasant to work with. A trustworthy renter knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. An ideal tenant doesn't disturb neighbors.
  7. An ideal tenant complains when appropriate. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. An ideal renter doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a desirable renter doesn't ask to upgrade functioning systems. A great renter doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A trustworthy tenant doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the renter doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A desirable renter does not smoke in the rental.
  10. A reliable renter is looking for a rental term that is as long as the property owner 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 standard? Experience has taught us that bad renters can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with good jobs. We have a knack for sniffing out unreasonable tenants.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge applicants in Springfield based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess potential tenants based upon their history and their actions. If a applicant is rude to our staff from the outset, they will probably be trying as tenants. If a n applicant is dishonest, we can expect them to be dishonest as a tenant.  If a person has a problem scrounging up money for 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 statement initially is good we still vet every applicant with a complete background check. Every potential renter 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 Springfield: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 owner based upon our experience as rental managers in Springfield 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.

Do you need know more about our community?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a handy tool for everyone who wants to learn more about Springfield and neighboring areas.  The Guide to Real Estate has information regarding what has sold and what is on the market, and a couple of interesting facts that you might not be aware of.  In addition, our Guide spotlights many of the elements of living in Springfield.  Yes, most of this is helpful for purchasers and sellers, but rental investors and tenants should also find this data to be quite sobering.

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

Will and Julie Nesbitt
Julie and Will Nesbitt pause from property management to take a quick picture.

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