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

What we look for in Frederick County renters

In Frederick County, our team prefers to deal with reliable renters. Here are some of the traits we expect.

  1. A trustworthy renter 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 has integrity. A great renter does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. A trustworthy tenant is fussy about cleanliness. A trustworthy renter does not attract pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A good tenant does not misuse the property or its systems.
  5. A desirable tenant is courteous and nice to work with. An ideal tenant understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A desirable renter doesn't disturb neighbors.
  7. A good tenant complains when appropriate. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. A reliable tenant doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a good renter doesn't demand to replace functioning systems. A great tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A trustworthy renter doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the tenant doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A great renter does not smoke in the rental.
  10. An ideal tenant is looking for a rental term that is as long as the landlord wants to rent the property.

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


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge people in Frederick County based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however judge potential renters based upon their track record and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with our staff at the beginning, they will probably be trying as tenants. If a potential tenant makes false statements, we will expect them to be unreliable as a renter.  If a person has troubles finding certified fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same applicant will have difficulty during the lease.

But even if every appearance initially is promising we still check the background of each potential renter 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


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Our recommendation

After the background check is complete we make a recommendation to the owner based upon our experience as rental managers in Frederick County and the information which 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 want understand more about this area?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a free tool for everyone who needs to investigate real estate facts about Frederick County and surrounding areas.  The Guide to Real Estate provides information about what has sold and what is on the market, as well as a couple of surprising facts that you may not know.  Furthermore, our Guide has many of the assets of life in Frederick County.  As might be expected, all of this is useful for buyers and sellers, but rental investors and tenants will probably also find these resources to be very sobering.

Our Broker Will Nesbitt

Will and Julie
On the boat at Sunset

"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 at a Nationals Game
Will & 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