You can view all our properties for rent by going to our website. www.steadypm.com
The first step to seeing one of our rentals is to drive by the property to see if it is in a location that is suitable for you. If the property is occupied, please do not disturb the current residents. Once you have driven by the property, you can schedule a viewing by going to our website.
Yes. Each adult who intends to live in the rental property must complete and submit a rental application. The cost for processing the application is $42.00 per adult for an online application, or $48.00 for a paper application submitted to our office.
Our Rental Criteria is located on our website, under Rental Search and clicking on Rental Criteria.
Yes. We require our residents to pay a refundable security deposit once the application is approved. In general, the security deposit will be equal to about one month's rent, but can vary.
Yes. We require a written lease agreement on each of the properties that we manage. Our normal lease period is one year, however at certain times of the year, we can be more flexible with shorter term leases.
At the end of the lease, or beyond, you may terminate the lease by giving SPM a thirty day written notice prior to moving.
You should notify us in writing of your intent to move as soon as possible. We try our best to work with tenants in this situation.
If your roommate moves out, a written notice must be submitted to SPM by both the remaining tenant and the departing tenant. The remaining tenant must release the departing tenant from any financial obligation for the unit. The departing tenant must submit a notice to vacate. Remember that tenants are jointly and severally liable to ensure that the rent is paid. You must have written permission from SPM to substitute a roommate and there is a $75 fee to add a new, approved roommate to your lease. (It is not the responsibility of SPM to arbitrate or mediate problems between multiple co-tenants.) Security deposit reimbursements to departing roommates are handled by the remaining tenants. No portion of the security deposit will be refunded individually.
No. The lease agreement clearly states that the resident shall not sublet any portion of the property or assign the agreement without written consent from SPM.
No. The landlord cannot evict you from the home unless you breach the lease agreement that you sign. Even if the owner needs to move back in to the property, or sell the property to a buyer, or your lease will be honored through the expiration date. The only time this may change is if the house falls into foreclosure, and after it has gone to auction, the new owner decides that they would like you to vacate the property. They still however have to give you a 60 day notice.
Rent is due on the 1st of each month and is considered late if not received in the office by the 5th (fifth). Late fees are applied to all payments that are received in our office as of the 6th (sixth), and that is also the day that all 3 day pay or vacate notices are posted for those tenants who have not paid rent.
SPM accepts online payments or Electronic Cash payments only.
Your lease will detail which utilities you are responsible for paying. You must put any such utilities in your name immediately upon moving in. Provide the utility company your lease start date along with any other information they require.
Occasionally this is an option based on the criteria for your particular property. For more information, please refer to your rental agreement or contact your property manager.
No property owners will approve an occupancy for the following breeds of dogs: Rottweilers, Pit bulls, Doberman Pinschers, Chow Chows, Akita’s, Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Presa Canarios, Staffordshire Terriers, Wolf Hybrids and German Shepherds.
Generally, yes. However, you must first obtain written permission from SPM. At some properties, you may be prohibited from installing a satellite dish in any location where the dish is visible from the ground or from any other unit in the complex. Any cost of installation (or damaged caused by the installation) will be an expense of the resident. Satellite dishes may not be installed on the roof. If a satellite is installed during tenancy, it must be removed before tenant turns in their keys at move out, or it will be removed, any damage repaired, and charged to the tenant.
Not unless you receive written permission from SPM prior to making a change., Otherwise, you may not alter the property in any way. If you desire to alter the property you should submit your request in writing, and wait until you receive written consent before making alterations.
To report all routine maintenance, please complete a maintenance request on your Tenant Portal or call the office. ALL routine maintenance requests must be in writing. If it is an emergency, you may call the office at 253-315-1767 x 1, and we will dispatch it out. For after hours emergencies, call the office and when the recording comes on, press 1 and you will be directed to our after hours maintenance division, where they will determine if your issues meet the emergency criteria that have been set and will proceed accordingly.
For fire, gas or natural disasters, dial 911 before calling us!
Examples of emergencies are active water leaks, flooding, sewer backups, sparks from appliances, gas odors, fire, etc.
Yes, if resident damage or neglect causes the maintenance problem, you will be charged for it. Also, you may be billed for a service call if you miss a scheduled appointment with one of our service technicians.
In a non-emergency situation, please allow three days. If you have not heard from either someone in our office or a vendor dispatched to your property within this timeframe, please contact us.
You are responsible for maintaining heating filters and fresh smoke detector and CO detector batteries at all times. This may mean changing them at least twice each year or more frequently as needed. Light bulbs that are easily accessible also need to be maintained by the residents. In most situations, yard maintenance may be required. If your home has a fridge that contains a water filter; you are responsible for replacing it when it needs to be replaced. Also, any unclogging of pipes is your responsibility, however you are NOT to use any Draino type products as they can damage the plumbing lines. Please refer to your individual residential lease.
SPM require liability insurance. This does NOT cover Tenants personal belongs. We always recommend tenants get their own renters insurance. However, if proof is not provided we will provide the liability for them.
With proper notice, both the property owner and SPM. have the right to inspect the property. In some cases, the owner is required by the IRS and their insurance company to make at least one inspection per year.
Steady Property Management is a professional, knowledgeable, and courteous property management company. We work very hard to provide the highest quality resident services. We use professional vendors (painters, handymen, plumbers, carpet cleaners, etc.) to ensure that your unit is in good condition. Additionally, we offer many services and conveniences (online application, online rent payment, auto-pay for rents, etc.) that our tenants enjoy and appreciate.
No. We’re sorry, but the security deposit is to cover any cleaning or damages to the property and cannot be used for other reasons.
Unfortunately, not all carpet cleaners are the same. Also, some tenants have rented carpet cleaners from grocery stores or used residential cleaners and caused more harm than good. The property’s carpets were professional cleaned prior to your tenancy and must be cleaned again by a Steady Property Managements. approved vendor.
The property owner is handing you the keys to a property worth 100 to 300 times the cost of the security deposit. This is required to ensure some level of protection.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept split payments. The security deposit is the tenant’s way of proving their ability to perform per the lease. Not having the funds to pay the security deposit up front is a sign that should hard times arise, non-payment of rent is likely.
Steady Property Management utilizes a 3rd party screening company to process all of our applications and the application fee goes towards those screening costs. Therefore, the application fees are non-refundable.
No. SPM does not waive late fees. Fair Housing laws require that we treat all our residents equally. SPM does not decide if one resident is more deserving than another of paying late fees. We enforce late fees across the board.
If you are terminating the tenancy, you must give SPM at least a twenty-one days advance notice in writing. Once you completed the walk out requirements, on or before 5pm on the last day of the month, leave all garage door openers and keys in the house, in a kitchen drawer. We will conduct a final walk through within 1-2 days of receiving the keys. Deductions are normally for rent that is due, any past due monies owed, necessary cleaning of the premises, professional carpet cleaning, chimney cleaning if applicable, landscaping not done, utilities and damages above normal wear and tear. Rent is usually charged up to the date that you deliver possession of the premises to our office, unless you are breaking a lease and no other arrangements have been made.
Within 21 days of your lease expiring.
Generally no, unless it’s a house in our inventory. The value we could bring to helping find a rental is very small. The sources we would use are all available to the public. Best sites to find a rental property are craigslist.com, hotpads.com, zillow.com and trulia.com.
If the lender of any of our client’s properties initiates the foreclosure procedures, they will do so by posting a note on the property. If any such notice or communication is ever posted on the property, it is imperative that the tenants notify us immediately, as we will most likely be unaware.
Yes. Per SPM’s management agreement, we are required to collect rents as the agent of the owner, until the property is no longer the owners’. Per the rental agreement, the tenant is required to pay rent until the term of the lease is fulfilled.
All applicants 18 years old and older must complete a lease application be approved by our standard lease application process, and documented on the lease agreement prior to occupying a property.
Yes, however we make every reasonable attempt to schedule an appointment with you if we need to enter the property. Per the Washington State Landlord Tenant Law the Landlord or anyone authorized by the Landlord must provide a 1-day notice if entering to show the property to real estate agents, prospective tenants or buyers, inspectors, fire marshals, lenders, appraisers, or insurance agents. A 2-day notice is required to make any repairs or conduct an inspection. survey or review the Property's condition and take photographs to document the condition.
No. You are not allowed to have any pets on the property without a pet agreement and deposit. Having a pet on your property - even on a temporary basis - is a violation of your lease and penalties will be assessed.
Late fees are specified in your lease. If you are going to be late, please contact [email protected] immediately. If we do not hear from you before the 3 day pay or vacate notice that is sent to you/posted on your door expires, we will have to move forward towards eviction. We don’t want to evict you anymore than you want to be evicted. So please, work with us if things get difficult.
Late fees are set to encourage on-time payment and discourage late rent. The property owner’s mortgage payment is due on the first and in most cases; they depend on the rental income to make that payment. Additionally, it takes a great deal of extra time and effort on our part to collect late rents.
There is additional time, effort, supplies and gas and travel time that goes into collecting late rents. This is extra work that we would prefer not doing, but if we have to do it, we need to be compensated for the extra work that we don’t have to put forth for tenants that pay on time.
A notice to pay rent or quit is a legal notice that rent is past due and that Lighthouse Cove Property Management can begin the eviction process. If you get such a notice, please contact our office immediately to either correct an error on our part, or to communicate when you will have the rent paid in full.
Not every tenant or family uses the same amount of utilities. If the property owner were to pay utilities, they would have to increase the rent based on an average over a number of years. That wouldn’t be fair as each tenant uses utilities differently. Therefore, the tenant’s pay their own utilities. If they are conservative, they pay less and if there are more tenants in the unit, they probably pay more. It is the fairest way to handle it.
No, you should not make your own repairs and you should never deduct any amount from your rent, ever. Some minor repairs/troubleshooting should be done by the tenant, such as flipping a breaker or unclogging a toilet. But for the most part, tenants should not take the risk or liability in attempting their own repairs. Since most repairs do require a professional who is licensed, bonded, and insured, please go online to your tenant portal to submit a maintenance request or contact [email protected] to discuss your maintenance needs.