What we seek in Shenandoah tenants
In Shenandoah, our management staff likes to deal with reliable renters. Here are a few of the traits we look for.
- A good tenant pays the rent on time every time. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
- A trustworthy tenant is honest. A desirable renter does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
- A desirable renter is fussy about cleanliness. A great tenant does not bring pests such as rodents and bugs.
- A good renter does not misuse systems.
- A good tenant is courteous and nice to get along with. A reliable renter knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
- A trustworthy tenant doesn't bother neighbors.
- A good renter reports problems at appropriate times. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost real estate investors money and cause problems for property managers.
- A reliable renter doesn't complain when it's not appropriate. This means that a reliable tenant doesn't ask to upgrade functioning systems. An ideal tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A great tenant doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the renter doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
- A great tenant does not smoke in the rental.
- A great renter is looking for a lease that is as long as the property owner wants to rent the rental.
So this is what we're looking for in a tenant, but how do we find renters who live up to this standard? Experience has taught us that troublesome renters can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with great jobs. We have a nose for sniffing out troublesome tenants.
Our Five Step Process
Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge potential renters in Shenandoah 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 rude to us at the start, they will probably be difficult as renters. If a n applicant is caught fabricating facts, we will expect them to be untrustworthy as a renter. If a potential tenant has a problem scrounging up certified fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same applicant will have difficulty during the lease.
But even when every action initially is good we still vet every potential renter with a complete background check. Every person and occupant must provide a government-issue photo identification. From there, as property managers we start our vetting process.
Shenandoah Property Management Resources
a good reference for property owners in Shenandoah
- Before you put a renter in your investment in Shenandoah
- Collections and evictions
- Communications with the tenant
- During the lease term
- End of lease term and what happens when a renter breaks the lease
- How does the owner get paid?
- How your property manager handles the association and your community
- How your rental manager handles utilities
- How Nesbitt finds renters
- Insurance matters for rental investors using our rental management
- How Nesbitt Realty & Management manage keys
- Shenandoah landlord responsibilities
- Maintenance, repairs & inspections for your rental investment in Shenandoah
- The move-in inspection
- Property management information form
- Selling a 1031 tax exchange & more
- Starting our management of your rental
- When property owners don't yet know their new address
- Vetting renters in Shenandoah
More Information About Shenandoah
After the background check is finished we make a recommendation to the owner based upon our experience as rental managers in Shenandoah 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.
Should you know more about the community?
Our Guide to Real Estate is a handy resource for everyone who hopes to review important real estate information about Shenandoah and nearby communities. The Guide to Real Estate compiles data regarding what has sold and what is on the market, and many compelling facts that you may not be aware of. In addition, our Guide features some assets of residing in Shenandoah. Of course, all of this is interesting for purchasers and sellers, but property owners and tenants will likely also find these tools to be somewhat useful.
Our Broker 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
I like tenants that pay on time. Late paying tenants cause extra work and unnecessary stress for landlords and property managers. ~ Julie Nesbitt