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

What we seek in Prince William County renters

In Prince William County, our management staff prefers to deal with dependable renters. Here are some of the traits we expect.

  1. An ideal 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 good renter is honest. A desirable renter does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
  3. An ideal tenant is reasonably clean. A desirable tenant does not attract pests such as rodents and bugs.
  4. A great tenant does not damage systems.
  5. A good renter is courteous and nice to work with. A great renter understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A reliable tenant doesn't disturb neighbors.
  7. A good tenant reports problems when appropriate. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. A reliable renter doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a trustworthy tenant doesn't demand to replace functioning systems. A great tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A great renter doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the renter doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A trustworthy renter does not smoke in the property.
  10. A trustworthy tenant is looking for a rental term 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 ideal? Experience has taught us that bad tenants can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with great 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 potential renters in Prince William County based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess applicants based upon their history and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with our staff at the outset, they will probably be difficult as tenants. If a potential renter lies, we will expect them to be untrustworthy as a renter.  If a potential renter has difficulty scrounging up money for background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same person will have troubles while they are in the rental.

But even when every action initially is promising we still vet every potential tenant with a complete background check. Every potential renter 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 Prince William 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

Prince William County Rental Management Resources


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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 property managers in Prince William County and the information which 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 understand more about the area?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a free resource for everyone who hopes to review important real estate information about Prince William County and nearby communities.  The Guide to Real Estate compiles data regarding what has sold and what is for sale, as well as a few interesting facts that you may not be aware of.  Also, our Guide features many of the assets of living in Prince William County.  Certainly, most of this is useful for purchasers and sellers, but property owners and tenants might also find the facts to be somewhat eye-opening.

Our Broker Will Nesbitt

Alan and Will
We might not be superheroes, but we are super Realtors!

"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