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

What we look for in Falls Church renters

In Falls Church, our team likes to work with dependable tenants. Here are a few of the traits we look for.

  1. A good tenant pays the rent when due every time. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. A reliable tenant is trustworthy. A trustworthy tenant does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. A reliable tenant is reasonably clean. A trustworthy tenant does not bring pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. An ideal tenant does not overwork the home.
  5. A great renter is courteous and easy to work with. A good renter understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A reliable tenant doesn't bother neighbors.
  7. An ideal renter reports problems at appropriate times. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. An ideal tenant doesn't complain when it's not appropriate. This means that a trustworthy tenant doesn't demand to upgrade functioning systems. A good renter doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A good renter doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the renter doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A good renter does not smoke in the rental.
  10. A desirable tenant is looking for a lease 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 renters who measure up to this standard? 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 troublesome tenants.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge applicants in Falls Church based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however judge people based upon their track record and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with our managers at the start, they will probably be troublesome as tenants. If a potential renter is dishonest, we can expect them to be unreliable as a tenant.  If a potential tenant has troubles finding certified fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same potential tenant will have troubles during the lease.

But even if every action initially is good we still check the background of every potential renter with a full background check. Every potential tenant and occupant must provide a government-issue photo identification. From there, as property managers we start our vetting process.

How we protect the landlord’s interests in Falls Church: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

Falls Church Rental Management Resources


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Our recommendation

After the background check is complete we make a recommendation to the real estate investor based upon our experience as rental managers in Falls Church and the information which 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.

Should you know more about the local real estate market?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a handy tool for everyone who hopes to investigate real estate facts about Falls Church and nearby areas.  The Guide to Real Estate provides facts about what has sold and what is for sale, and a couple of interesting facts that you might not know.  Also, our Guide spotlights many of the benefits of residing in Falls Church.  As a matter of course, all of this is interesting for buyers and sellers, but landlords and tenants will also find these tools to be quite enlightening.

Our Broker Will Nesbitt

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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