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

What we seek in Shenandoah County tenants

In Shenandoah County, our team likes to work with reasonable tenants. Here are some of the traits we look for.

  1. A reliable 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 desirable renter is trustworthy. An ideal tenant does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. A trustworthy renter is neat. A reliable tenant does not bring pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. An ideal renter does not break the property.
  5. A desirable renter is courteous and easy to work with. A trustworthy tenant understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A desirable tenant doesn't bother neighbors.
  7. A reliable tenant complains at appropriate times. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause problems for property managers.
  8. A desirable tenant doesn't complain when it's not appropriate. This means that a good tenant doesn't ask to replace functioning systems. A reliable renter doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A great tenant doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the renter doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. An ideal tenant does not smoke in the property.
  10. A reliable 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 tenant, but how do we find renters who live up to this standard? Experience has taught us that troublesome tenants can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with good jobs. We have a knack for sniffing out difficult tenants.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge potential tenants in Shenandoah County 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 difficult with our managers from the beginning, they will probably be troublesome as renters. If a potential renter is caught fabricating facts, we will expect them to be untrustworthy as a tenant.  If a potential tenant has troubles finding certified fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we can expect that same applicant will have difficulty during the lease.

But even if every action initially is promising we still vet every person with a full background check. Every applicant 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 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 real estate investor based upon our experience as property managers in Shenandoah County and the information that 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 our community?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a helpful tool for everyone who hopes to learn more about Shenandoah County and neighboring communities.  The Guide to Real Estate has facts regarding what has sold and what is on the market, as well as a couple of surprising facts that you might not know.  In addition, our Guide highlights many of the benefits of living in Shenandoah County.  Yes, most of this is useful for purchasers 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