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

What we seek in Woodville renters

In Woodville, our team prefers to deal with reasonable renters. Here are a few of the traits we look for.

  1. A great renter 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 good tenant is honest. A great renter does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
  3. A reliable renter is fussy about cleanliness. A desirable tenant does not bring pests such as rodents and bugs.
  4. A reliable tenant does not destroy the property or its systems.
  5. A reliable renter is courteous and nice to get along with. A good renter knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A great tenant doesn't disturb neighbors.
  7. A great renter reports problems at appropriate times. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause problems for property managers.
  8. A trustworthy tenant doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a great tenant doesn't ask to replace functioning systems. A good renter doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A trustworthy tenant doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the tenant doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A trustworthy tenant does not smoke in the rental.
  10. A good tenant is looking for a lease that is as long as the real estate investor wants to rent the rental.

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


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge potential tenants in Woodville based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however judge people based upon their history and their actions. If a applicant is rude to our managers at the outset, they will probably be rude as tenants. If a n applicant is caught fabricating facts, we can expect them to be dishonest as a tenant.  If a n applicant has troubles producing fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same applicant will have troubles while they are in the rental.

But even if every appearance initially is promising we still vet every applicant 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 Woodville: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

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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 Woodville and the information which we have verified. Ultimately the property 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 local real estate market?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a handy tool for anyone who needs to review important real estate information about Woodville and neighboring areas.  The Guide to Real Estate compiles facts regarding what has sold and what is on the market, as well as a couple of shocking facts that you might not know.  Not to mention, our Guide highlights many of the assets of residing in Woodville.  Definitely, all of this is useful for purchasers and sellers, but owners and tenants might also find this data to be somewhat 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

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