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

What we seek in Rappahannock County renters

In Rappahannock County, our team prefers to work with dependable tenants. Here are a few of the traits we expect.

  1. A trustworthy tenant pays the rent on time every time. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. A great tenant has integrity. A trustworthy tenant does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
  3. A good tenant is reasonably clean. An ideal tenant does not bring pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A desirable tenant does not break systems.
  5. An ideal tenant is courteous and nice to get along with. A reliable renter understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. An ideal tenant doesn't annoy neighbors.
  7. A trustworthy tenant complains when appropriate. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost real estate investors money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. A good tenant doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a trustworthy renter doesn't demand to replace functioning systems. A reliable tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A trustworthy 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 good tenant is looking for a lease that is as long as the real estate investor 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 good 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 applicants in Rappahannock County based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess potential tenants based upon their track record and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with our staff at the beginning, they will probably be trying as renters. If a n applicant is caught fabricating facts, we can expect them to be dishonest as a tenant.  If a potential renter has troubles scrounging up fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we can expect that same potential tenant will have problems during the lease.

But even when every action initially is good we still check the background of every applicant 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 Rappahannock 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

Rappahannock County Property Management Resources


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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 property managers in Rappahannock County and the information that we have verified. Ultimately the landlord decides if the risk is worth taking, but they make that decision based upon facts and our expert advice.

Should you know more about this area?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a helpful tool for everyone who wants to investigate real estate facts about Rappahannock County and nearby areas.  The Guide to Real Estate has facts about what has sold and what is for sale, as well as many compelling facts that you might not be aware of.  Furthermore, our Guide features some benefits of life in Rappahannock County.  Definitely, most of this is helpful for buyers and sellers, but owners and tenants might also find the facts to be very enlightening.

Our Broker Will Nesbitt

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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

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