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

What we look for in Forest Edge renters

In Forest Edge, our team wants to deal with reliable tenants. Here are a few of the traits we expect.

  1. A tenant 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 renter is honest. A renter does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
  3. A tenant is neat. A renter does not bring pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A tenant does not damage systems.
  5. A renter is courteous and nice to work with. A renter understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A renter doesn't bother neighbors.
  7. A tenant reports problems at appropriate times. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost property owners money and cause issues for property managers.
  8. A renter doesn't complain when it's not appropriate. This means that a renter doesn't demand to replace functioning systems. A renter doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A tenant doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the renter doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A renter does not smoke in the home.
  10. A renter is looking for a lease that is as long as the landlord wants to rent the home.

So this is what we're looking for in a renter, but how do we find tenants who measure up to this ideal? Experience has taught us that unreasonable renters can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with jobs. We have a nose for sniffing out tardy tenants.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge applicants in Forest Edge based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess potential tenants based upon their history and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with our managers at the beginning, they will probably be trying as renters. If a is dishonest, we can expect them to be dishonest as a tenant.  If a has a problem finding fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same person will have difficulty while they are in the rental.

But even if every action initially is good we still vet every person with a full background check. Every person 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 Forest Edge: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

Forest Edge Rental Management Resources


Fundamental information regarding management services in Forest Edge.

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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 property management services in Forest Edge

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How Nesbitt Realty checks the backgrounds of renters for property owners.

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What is a contingency reserve account?

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Our recommendation

After the background check is complete we make a recommendation to the property owner based upon our experience as rental managers in Forest Edge and the information which we have verified. Ultimately the owner decides if the risk is worth taking, but they make that decision based upon facts and our expert advice.

Do you want understand more about our community?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a handy tool for everyone who needs to review important real estate information about Forest Edge and surrounding areas.  The Guide to Real Estate has facts regarding what has sold and what is for sale, and a few surprising facts that you may not be aware of.  Not to mention, our Guide features many of the aspects of residing in Forest Edge.  Of course, most of this is helpful for purchasers and sellers, but real estate investors and tenants will probably also find this data to be quite enlightening.

Our Broker 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

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