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

What we look for in Manassas Park renters

In Manassas Park, our management staff wants to work with dependable tenants. Here are some of the traits we look for.

  1. A good tenant pays the rent on time every month. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. A good renter is trustworthy. An ideal renter does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. A trustworthy renter is neat. A good tenant does not attract pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. An ideal renter does not damage the home.
  5. A trustworthy renter is courteous and easy to work with. A trustworthy tenant knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A desirable tenant doesn't bother neighbors.
  7. A trustworthy renter reports problems when appropriate. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost property owners money and cause issues for property managers.
  8. A reliable renter doesn't complain when it's not appropriate. This means that a desirable renter doesn't ask to upgrade functioning systems. A trustworthy tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. An ideal tenant doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the tenant doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A good renter does not smoke in the rental.
  10. A trustworthy renter is looking for a rental term that is as long as the real estate investor wants to rent the home.

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 nose for sniffing out bad renters.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge applicants in Manassas Park 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 us from the outset, they will probably be troublesome as renters. If a person is caught fabricating facts, we will expect them to be unreliable as a tenant.  If a potential renter has difficulty finding fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same potential tenant will have difficulty while they are in the rental.

But even when every statement initially is good we still vet each person with a complete background check. Every potential tenant and occupant must submit a government-issue photo identification. From there, as property managers we start our vetting process.

How we protect the landlord’s interests in Manassas Park: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 complete we make a recommendation to the real estate investor based upon our experience as rental managers in Manassas Park and the information that 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 understand more about this local real estate market?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a helpful resource for anyone who wants to review important real estate information about Manassas Park and surrounding communities.  The Guide to Real Estate provides information regarding what has sold and what is for sale, as well as a couple of compelling facts that you may not be aware of.  In addition, our Guide spotlights some assets of living in Manassas Park.  As might be expected, all of this is interesting for purchasers and sellers, but rental investors and tenants will probably also find this information to be quite 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

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Nothing is better than family and friends.

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