Pender Island Rentals
As an experienced and licensed Property Manager I am willing to help you find the property that meets your needs.
All the properties listed here are monthly rental units located on Pender Island. Many agreements will offer year round leases while others are seasonal or for a few months in the year. Rental units can come in furnished and unfurnished condition and at times there can be some flexibility in whether the unit is rented furnished or unfurnished.
On Pender some of our rentals are waterfront properties while other properties are oceanview, others are inland and will have no view. In most cased you are within five minute drive of a beach. The Magic Lake area has the majority of the homes so most rentals will be in this area. The benefits to the Magic Lake area include the water system which means there are no wells and some of the properties are on the sewer system. The majority of properties use a septic system. There are a variety of beaches in Magic Lake Estates in addition to that there are walking trails, tennis courts a disc golf course and a Marina. We have a swimming hole at Magic Lake. Buck Lake is only open to those who live on the lake. Both lakes are in Magic Lake Estates.
Most rentals do not include utilities. The average home on Pender has a hydro bill of about $120/month when looking at the costs over an annual basis. Winter bills can be much more and summer bills can be much less. At times BC Hydro can provide you with a history on utility costs. The majority of properties on Pender use baseboard electric heat and wood stoves. Some properties use propane while others have electric furnaces. There is no natural gas on Pender. Exposure to sun can make a difference in the cost of utilities.
In many cities there is regular garbage and recycling pick up. This will be an added expense for you on Pender. You can schedule weekly pick up which charges you by the bag or you can drop of your garbage a locations for approximately $5/bag. The alternative is for you to take your garbage to the Heartland Landfill in Saanich. We do have a recycling depot on Pender Island.
The other thing you should be aware of is that Pender Island does experience the occasional power outages. Some years it is more frequent than others. It is common for us to have wind storms in October and November. We don't get snow very often, maybe just a couple days a year. As a result of these storms branches and trees fall on our power lines. A power outage can last a couple hours or up to a couple days. Sometimes when you finish setting your clocks it just glitches for a second so all your clocks can synchronize back to 12:00 again. hahahhahaha How long the power outage lasts depends on the crews available, how many communities are impacted by the outage and the weather to get the crews here. For this reason it is important to have a handy supply of flashlights and an alternate heating and cooking source like a woodstove or propane fireplace and a camp stove or bbq. Being prepared for these circumstances is just part of island life. Like me, you might even grow to enjoy them...
Just a warning that it is much more difficult to find rentals in the summer time on Pender than the off-season. Our population dramatically increases in the summer months and this is a time when most home owners want to use their home for personal vacation time. If you choose to rent a seasonal home you should be aware that rent may be much higher for only the summer months and much more difficult to secure. However, at times seasonal rentals can be lower for the winter months to compensate for the inconvenience. The availability of rentals can change dramatically by season. For long-term rentals in most cases you will be required to enter into a one year lease. For shorter term rentals that are seasonal you will likely be required to sign a lease for an agreed time period after which you will be required to vacate.
Please call us or email us to discuss properties you see listed and explain what your needs are. The information we will need from you is: how many occupants, how many bedrooms, the rent you are willing and able to afford, specifics that you require, what pets you have. If you have children you should be aware that some properties do have cliffs or attributes that may be a danger for your family and pets and we will be happy to share this information with you. You can then determine if these issues would pose a challenge for you.
There are times when there is a waiting list of tenants looking for properties. Even if there is nothing available at the time of you contacting us if you describe what you are looking for we can keep that in mind for future vacancies or in certain instances we know home owners that have properties that would be a good match.
When a suitable home is found you will be required to submit an application. I will perform reference checks and a credit check and review the application. The information on the applications of all candidates may be discussed with the home owner. If your application is successful you will enter into a tenancy agreement, provide a deposit (50% of one month's rent and if you have a pet the damage deposit will be an additional 50% of one month’s rent - totalling a full month's rent for damage deposit). Prior to you moving in you will be required to participate in a condition inspection report.
Please call Charmaine to discuss the details of any properties.