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

What we look for in Page County renters

In Page County, our management staff prefers to deal with reasonable tenants. Here are a few of the traits we expect.

  1. A great tenant pays the rent when due every month. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. A reliable renter has integrity. A great renter does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. A desirable renter is neat. A good renter does not bring pests such as rodents and bugs.
  4. A trustworthy renter does not damage the property or its systems.
  5. A trustworthy tenant is courteous and pleasant to get along with. A good tenant knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A desirable renter doesn't annoy neighbors.
  7. A trustworthy renter reports problems when appropriate. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost property owners money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. A good tenant doesn't complain when it's not appropriate. This means that an ideal renter doesn't ask to replace functioning systems. A trustworthy tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A great tenant doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the tenant doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A good tenant does not smoke in the property.
  10. A good renter is looking for a lease that is as long as the landlord wants to rent the property.

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


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge people in Page County based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however judge people based upon their history and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with us from the outset, they will probably be rude as renters. If a n applicant lies, we can expect them to be unreliable as a tenant.  If a n applicant has a problem finding money for background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same applicant will have problems during the lease.

But even when every statement initially is good we still vet each person with a complete background check. Every person 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 Page 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

Page County Rental Management Resources


Elementary information regarding property management in Page 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 landlords?

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A breakdown of fees associated with rental management in Page County

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How Nesbitt Realty vets renters for our clients.

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Our recommendation

After the background check is finished we make a recommendation to the owner based upon our experience as rental managers in Page County 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 understand more about this local real estate market?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a handy tool for anyone who wants to learn more about Page County and surrounding areas.  The Guide to Real Estate provides facts regarding what has sold and what is currently listed, as well as some surprising facts that you might not know.  And, our Guide has many of the aspects of residing in Page County.  Of course, all of this is helpful for buyers and sellers, but landlords and tenants will probably also find these resources to be somewhat 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
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