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

What we seek in Manassas Park renters

In Manassas Park, our management staff wants to work with good renters. Here are some of the traits we seek out.

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

So this is what we're looking for in a renter, but how do we find tenants who measure up to this standard? Experience has taught us that bad renters can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with great 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 people in Manassas Park based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess potential renters based upon their history and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with our managers at the beginning, they will probably be trying as tenants. If a potential tenant lies, we will expect them to be dishonest as a renter.  If a potential tenant has a problem producing fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same potential renter will have troubles during the lease.

But even if every action initially is promising we still vet each potential tenant with a full background check. Every potential renter and occupant must provide a government-issue photo identification. From there, as rental 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 finished we make a recommendation to the property owner based upon our experience as rental managers in Manassas Park and the information that 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.

Do you need know more about this area?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a free resource for anyone who hopes to review important real estate information about Manassas Park and surrounding areas.  The Guide to Real Estate provides data regarding what has sold and what is for sale, and a few shocking facts that you may not be aware of.  And, our Guide features many of the aspects of living in Manassas Park.  As might be expected, most of this is useful for buyers and sellers, but property owners and renters should also find these resources to be very sobering.

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"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