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

What we seek in Boston tenants

In Boston, our management staff prefers to deal with good tenants. Here are some of the traits we seek out.

  1. A desirable 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 desirable renter has integrity. A desirable renter does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
  3. An ideal tenant is neat. A desirable tenant does not attract pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A trustworthy tenant does not damage the property.
  5. An ideal renter is courteous and easy to get along with. A desirable tenant understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A reliable tenant doesn't bother neighbors.
  7. A great renter complains at appropriate times. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause issues for property managers.
  8. A reliable tenant doesn't complain when it's not appropriate. This means that an ideal tenant doesn't demand to replace functioning systems. A good 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 great tenant does not smoke in the home.
  10. A trustworthy renter is looking for a rental term that is as long as the owner 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 standard? Experience has taught us that troublesome tenants can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with great jobs. We have a knack for sniffing out unreasonable tenants.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge applicants in Boston based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however judge potential tenants based upon their history and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with our staff at the outset, they will probably be difficult as renters. If a potential renter lies, we can expect them to be dishonest as a renter.  If a person has troubles producing fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we can expect that same applicant will have problems during the lease.

But even if every action initially is promising we still vet every applicant with a complete background check. Every potential renter and occupant must provide a government-issue photo identification. From there, as rental we start our vetting process.

How we protect the landlord’s interests in Boston: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

Boston Property Management Resources


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Our recommendation

After the background check is reviewed we make a recommendation to the landlord based upon our experience as property managers in Boston 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.

Do you need know more about this local real estate market?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a helpful tool for everyone who needs to review important real estate information about Boston and neighboring communities.  The Guide to Real Estate provides information regarding what has sold and what is for sale, as well as many interesting facts that you may not know.  In addition, our Guide spotlights quite a few of the assets of living in Boston.  Naturally, most of this is useful for buyers and sellers, but owners and renters will probably also find these resources to be very edifying.

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