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

What we seek in Warren County tenants

In Warren County, our management staff wants to work with reliable tenants. Here are some of the traits we look for.

  1. An ideal tenant 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 desirable renter is honest. A great renter does not sneak in a co-tenant or pet.
  3. A desirable renter is fastidious. A reliable renter does not attract pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A great tenant does not overwork the property or its systems.
  5. A trustworthy tenant is courteous and pleasant to work with. An ideal tenant understands the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A good renter doesn't disturb neighbors.
  7. A desirable renter reports problems at appropriate times. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost real estate investors money and cause problems for property managers.
  8. A good tenant doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a trustworthy tenant doesn't ask to upgrade functioning systems. A good renter doesn't expect more than the lease provides. A desirable tenant doesn't complain that an appliance doesn't work when the renter doesn't know how to operate the appliance.
  9. A reliable tenant does not smoke in the rental.
  10. A reliable renter is looking for a lease that is as long as the property owner wants to rent the home.

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


Our Five Step Process

Fair Housing Laws and our conscience dictates that we do not judge potential renters in Warren County 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 difficult as tenants. If a potential tenant is dishonest, we will expect them to be dishonest as a renter.  If a potential renter has a problem producing certified fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we will expect that same potential renter will have problems during the lease.

But even when every statement initially is promising we still check the background of every potential renter with a full background check. Every applicant 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 Warren 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

Warren County Rental 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 property managers in Warren 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 want understand more about our local real estate market?

Nesbitt Realty's Guide to Real Estate is a handy resource for anyone who wants to find out more about Warren County and surrounding areas.  The Guide to Real Estate provides information regarding what has sold and what is on the market, as well as many surprising facts that you may not be aware of.  And, our Guide highlights some assets of residing in Warren County.  Definitely, most of this is interesting for purchasers and sellers, but owners and renters will also find this information to be very informative.

Our Broker Will Nesbitt

Principal Broker of Nesbitt Realty, 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