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

What we seek in Front Royal renters

In Front Royal, Nesbitt Realty wants to deal with good renters. Here are some of the traits we expect.

  1. A reliable tenant pays the rent when due every time. This means paying on or before the first, rather than at 5 pm on the 5th.
  2. An ideal renter is trustworthy. An ideal renter does not sneak in a co-renter or pet.
  3. A desirable tenant is neat. An ideal tenant does not attract pests like rodents and bugs.
  4. A great tenant does not misuse the property.
  5. An ideal tenant is courteous and easy to work with. A reliable tenant knows the difference between a property manager and a hotel concierge.
  6. A great renter doesn't annoy neighbors.
  7. An ideal renter reports problems at appropriate times. tenants that don't report maintenance issues cost property owners money and cause issues for property managers.
  8. A great renter doesn't gripe when it's not appropriate. This means that a reliable tenant doesn't demand to replace functioning systems. A reliable tenant doesn't expect more than the lease provides. An ideal renter 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 renter is looking for a rental term that is as long as the real estate investor wants to rent the home.

So this is what we're looking for in a renter, but how do we find tenants who live up to this standard? Experience has taught us that difficult renters 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 Front Royal 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 difficult with us from the outset, they will probably be trying as tenants. If a person is dishonest, we can expect them to be dishonest as a tenant.  If a person has a problem scrounging up fundsfor background fees and the first month of rent, we can expect that same person will have troubles during the lease.

But even when every statement initially is good we still check the background of every potential tenant with a full background check. Every person 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 Front Royal: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

Front Royal Rental Management Resources


Fundamental information regarding management services in Front Royal.

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Getting Started

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Find A Tenant

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A list of prices of rental management services in Front Royal

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How Nesbitt Realty vets tenants for property owners.

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Our recommendation

After the background check is complete we make a recommendation to the property owner based upon our experience as property managers in Front Royal and the information that we have verified. Ultimately the property owner decides if the risk is worth taking, but they make that decision based upon facts and our expert advice.

Should you understand more about our area?

Our Guide to Real Estate is a handy tool for anyone who hopes to find out more about Front Royal and neighboring communities.  The Guide to Real Estate includes facts regarding what has sold and what is currently listed, as well as a couple of shocking facts that you might not be aware of.  Furthermore, our Guide spotlights some assets of living in Front Royal.  Yes, most of this is helpful for buyers and sellers, but owners and tenants may also find the facts to be quite useful.

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