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

What we seek in Edinburg tenants

In Edinburg, our management staff prefers to work with dependable renters. Here are a few of the traits we expect.

  1. A trustworthy 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. A good tenant has integrity. A good tenant does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. An ideal tenant is reasonably clean. A good renter does not bring pests such as rodents and bugs.
  4. A reliable renter does not overwork the property.
  5. An ideal renter is courteous and pleasant to work with. A trustworthy renter knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A trustworthy tenant doesn't bother neighbors.
  7. A trustworthy renter complains when appropriate. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost landlords money and cause problems for property managers.
  8. A desirable renter doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a great tenant doesn't ask to upgrade functioning systems. A great 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. A trustworthy renter does not smoke in the rental.
  10. A trustworthy renter 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 tenants who live up to this ideal? Experience has taught us that unreasonable renters can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with good jobs. We have a nose for sniffing out unreasonable renters.


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge people in Edinburg based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess potential tenants based upon their reputation and their actions. If a applicant is rude to our managers at the start, they will probably be difficult as tenants. If a n applicant is caught fabricating facts, we can expect them to be unreliable as a tenant.  If a person has difficulty scrounging up 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 good we still vet each applicant with a complete background check. Every potential tenant and occupant must submit a government-issue photo identification. From there, as property managers we start our vetting process.

How we protect the landlord’s interests in Edinburg: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 complete we make a recommendation to the real estate investor based upon our experience as property managers in Edinburg and the information which we have verified. Ultimately the owner 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 free tool for anyone who hopes to investigate real estate facts about Edinburg and surrounding areas.  The Guide to Real Estate provides information about what has sold and what is on the market, as well as some interesting facts that you may not know.  In addition, our Guide highlights quite a few of the assets of living in Edinburg.  Definitely, all of this is useful for purchasers and sellers, but landlords and tenants might also find this data to be very eye-opening.

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

Will and Julie
Partners in life. Partners in business.

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