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

What we look for in Falls Church tenants

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

  1. A trustworthy tenant 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 good tenant is trustworthy. An ideal tenant does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
  3. A great renter is fastidious. An ideal tenant does not bring pests such as rodents and bugs.
  4. An ideal tenant does not misuse systems.
  5. A trustworthy tenant is courteous and nice to work with. A good tenant understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A desirable tenant doesn't annoy neighbors.
  7. An ideal renter complains when appropriate. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost real estate investors money and cause problems for property managers.
  8. An ideal tenant doesn't complain when it's not appropriate. This means that a good tenant doesn't demand to upgrade functioning systems. A desirable tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A good tenant doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the tenant doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A reliable tenant does not smoke in the home.
  10. An ideal tenant 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 measure up to this ideal? Experience has taught us that troublesome tenants can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with good jobs. We have a nose for sniffing out unreasonable renters.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge potential tenants in Falls Church based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess potential tenants based upon their track record and their actions. If a applicant is rude to our managers from the start, they will probably be troublesome as renters. If a potential tenant is dishonest, we can expect them to be unreliable as a renter.  If a person has a problem producing fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same potential tenant will have troubles while they are in the rental.

But even when every action initially is promising we still vet every applicant with a full 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 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

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Our recommendation

After the background check is reviewed 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 real estate investor decides if the risk is worth taking, but they make that decision based upon facts and our expert advice.

Should you know more about this local real estate market?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a handy tool for anyone who hopes to review important real estate information about Falls Church and nearby communities.  The Guide to Real Estate includes data about what has sold and what is on the market, and a couple of surprising facts that you might not know.  Furthermore, our Guide spotlights some aspects of living in Falls Church.  Yes, most of this is useful for buyers and sellers, but landlords and renters may also find these resources 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