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

What we seek in Timberville tenants

In Timberville, our team likes to work with reasonable renters. Here are a few of the traits we expect.

  1. A good renter pays the rent on time every month. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. A good renter has integrity. A good renter does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. A good renter is neat. A trustworthy tenant does not attract pests such as rodents and bugs.
  4. A great tenant does not break systems.
  5. A good tenant is courteous and easy to get along with. An ideal tenant knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. An ideal tenant doesn't annoy neighbors.
  7. A good tenant reports problems at appropriate times. Renters that don't report maintenance issues cost property owners money and cause issues for property managers.
  8. A trustworthy renter doesn't complain when it's not appropriate. This means that an ideal renter doesn't ask to replace functioning systems. A good 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 desirable tenant does not smoke in the property.
  10. A desirable tenant is looking for a lease that is as long as the landlord 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 troublesome renters can appear as polite, nicely-dress, well educated people with great 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 Timberville based upon appearance.  Experience has taught us that appearances can be very decieving. We do however assess applicants based upon their track record and their actions. If a applicant is difficult with us from the start, they will probably be rude as renters. If a potential tenant is dishonest, we will expect them to be unreliable as a renter.  If a n applicant has troubles producing fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same person will have problems during the lease.

But even if every action initially is promising we still check the background of each person with a complete 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 Timberville: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 finished we make a recommendation to the real estate investor based upon our experience as property managers in Timberville and the information which we have verified. Ultimately the landlord decides if the risk is worth taking, but they make that decision based upon facts and our expert advice.

Should you understand more about the area?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a handy resource for everyone who hopes to investigate real estate facts about Timberville and surrounding communities.  The Guide to Real Estate provides facts regarding what has sold and what is on the market, and a few shocking facts that you may not know.  Also, our Guide spotlights quite a few of the benefits of living in Timberville.  Certainly, all of this is interesting for purchasers and sellers, but property owners and tenants will likely also find this data to be quite sobering.

Our Broker Will Nesbitt

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"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