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

What we seek in Shenandoah County tenants

In Shenandoah County, our management staff prefers to work with reliable renters. Here are a few of the traits we seek out.

  1. A good 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 reliable renter has integrity. A reliable tenant does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. A reliable renter is neat. A reliable tenant does not bring pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A desirable renter does not destroy the home.
  5. A great renter is courteous and nice to work with. A good tenant understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A good tenant doesn't annoy neighbors.
  7. An ideal tenant reports problems when appropriate. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause problems for property managers.
  8. A good tenant doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a good tenant doesn't ask to replace functioning systems. A great 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 desirable tenant does not smoke in the rental.
  10. An ideal tenant is looking for a rental term that is as long as the owner wants to rent the property.

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


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge applicants in Shenandoah County based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess potential renters based upon their reputation and their actions. If a applicant is rude to us from the outset, they will probably be rude as tenants. If a person lies, we will expect them to be dishonest as a renter.  If a potential renter has difficulty finding certified fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same person will have difficulty during the lease.

But even when every appearance initially is good we still vet each person with a full background check. Every potential renter and occupant must submit a government-issue photo identification. From there, as rental we start our vetting process.

How we protect the landlord’s interests in Shenandoah 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

Shenandoah County Property Management Resources


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Our recommendation

After the background check is reviewed we make a recommendation to the owner based upon our experience as rental managers in Shenandoah County 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.

Should you know more about this local real estate market?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a helpful tool for anyone who wants to investigate real estate facts about Shenandoah County and neighboring communities.  The Guide to Real Estate has information regarding what has sold and what is for sale, as well as some surprising facts that you might not know.  Not to mention, our Guide spotlights some elements of life in Shenandoah County.  As might be expected, all of this is interesting for purchasers and sellers, but landlords and tenants will also find the facts to be somewhat informative.

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