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

What we look for in Frederick County renters

In Frederick County, our team prefers to work with dependable renters. Here are a few of the traits we expect.

  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. An ideal renter is trustworthy. A trustworthy tenant does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. A great tenant is fussy about cleanliness. A trustworthy tenant does not attract pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A reliable tenant does not break the home.
  5. A desirable tenant is courteous and pleasant to get along with. A trustworthy tenant understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. An ideal tenant doesn't annoy neighbors.
  7. A reliable renter complains at appropriate times. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost property owners money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. A great renter doesn't complain when it's not appropriate. This means that an ideal tenant doesn't ask to replace functioning systems. A great renter doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A great renter doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the renter doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A great renter does not smoke in the home.
  10. A good 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 tenant, but how do we find tenants who live up to this ideal? Experience has taught us that difficult tenants can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with good jobs. We have a knack for sniffing out difficult renters.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge potential renters in Frederick County based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however judge potential tenants based upon their history and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with us at the start, they will probably be rude as tenants. If a n applicant lies, we will expect them to be dishonest as a tenant.  If a n applicant has a problem scrounging up money for background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same applicant will have problems while they are in the rental.

But even when every statement initially is promising we still vet each applicant with a complete background check. Every applicant 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 Frederick County: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

Frederick County Property Management Resources


Fundamental info about what property management in Frederick County.

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Getting Started

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Find A Tenant

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How does Nesbitt Realty keep track of income and expenses for real estate investors?

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A list of fees associated with property management services in Frederick County

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How Nesbitt Realty checks the backgrounds of renters for landlords.

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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 property managers in Frederick County 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.

Do you need know more about this community?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a helpful resource for anyone who hopes to find out more about Frederick County and surrounding communities.  The Guide to Real Estate compiles facts regarding what has sold and what is on the market, and a few surprising facts that you might not be aware of.  Also, our Guide has many of the fundamentals of residing in Frederick County.  Of course, most of this is useful for buyers and sellers, but rental investors and renters should also find the facts to be quite enlightening.

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
"I will get the job done."

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