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

What we look for in Woodville tenants

In Woodville, our management staff prefers to deal with dependable renters. Here are a few of the traits we seek out.

  1. A great renter pays the rent when due every month. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. An ideal renter has integrity. A good tenant does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. An ideal tenant is fastidious. A good renter does not bring pests such as rodents and bugs.
  4. A desirable renter does not break systems.
  5. A reliable renter is courteous and easy to work with. An ideal tenant knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A desirable renter doesn't annoy neighbors.
  7. A desirable tenant complains when appropriate. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause head-aches for property managers.
  8. An ideal tenant doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a good renter doesn't demand to replace functioning systems. A desirable tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A great tenant doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the tenant doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A trustworthy renter does not smoke in the home.
  10. A great renter is looking for a lease that is as long as the property owner wants to rent the property.

So this is what we're looking for in a renter, but how do we find renters who measure up to this ideal? Experience has taught us that difficult renters can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with great 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 renters in Woodville based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess people based upon their track record and their actions. If a applicant is rude to our managers at the beginning, they will probably be troublesome as tenants. If a n applicant lies, we can expect them to be unreliable as a renter.  If a n applicant has difficulty producing money for background fees and the first month of rent, we can expect that same potential tenant will have troubles while they are in the rental.

But even when every statement initially is promising we still check the background of every applicant with a full background check. Every potential tenant 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 real estate investor 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 need understand more about our community?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a helpful resource for everyone who needs to investigate real estate facts about Woodville and nearby areas.  The Guide to Real Estate includes facts about what has sold and what is on the market, and a few surprising facts that you may not know.  Also, our Guide has many of the elements of living in Woodville.  Of course, all of this is interesting for buyers and sellers, but property owners and tenants will likely also find the facts to be very enlightening.

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

Realtor 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