Ray Covington Property Management

For Tenants

Experienced, Trusted, Dedicated Company
Ray Covington Property Managment

Tenant Services

Whether you’re a homebuyer looking for a residence in the heart of Columbia or a student seeking convenient housing near the University of South Carolina, we’ve got you covered. Our diverse range of properties ensures that we have the perfect home to fit your unique needs. We have placed countless satisfied customers in our properties around the Columbia area, and our staff is trained in property management rules, regulations, and the SC Landlord Tenant Act. If you are looking for a quality property management firm in the greater Columbia area including Chapin, Irmo, Lexington and West Columbia SC, you are in the right place! 

We screen our tenants on the following factors: Credit, Criminal Background, Landlord References, and Income Verification.  We will handle all of the day to day concerns that may arise during your lease.  You will have a dedicated property manager that will handle all situations with professionalism and respect. If you have any questions or concerns, we are always here with an answer!

We enforce every lease to the full terms and pride ourselves on treating everyone with equality and respect.  Leases and rules are explained to tenants upon execution, and all tenants are expected to comply with the terms of the lease. We are always willing to work with our tenants in the event of extenuating circumstances.

We do not provide utility services for tenants as each utility company requires the occupier to open their own accounts for electricity, internet, cable, water services, etc. Tenants are required to have all utilities in their name by their move-in day. Some utilities require verification of move-in date and property address, which we can provide for you.

We offer 24-hour maintenance support for our tenants.  We ask our tenants to submit non-emergency work orders and requests through their tenant portal.  By doing so, the property manager is notified immediately and can remedy the situation in a timely manner. In case of an emergency situation, tenants can call our 24-hour hotline for emergency maintenance that will be handled promptly, no matter the time of day.

Paying rent is made simple and convenient as tenants can log on to the tenant portal and complete the transaction.  Rent is always due on the 1st day of the month with a 5 day grace period prior to late fees being added on the 6th.  

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Application Fee

$89.00 + $50.00 for any other additional applicants

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Minimum credit requirement of 600

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  • Combined or individual income needs to meet 3X the rent
  • 2 months worth of proof of income ( pay stubs, bank statement etc)
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Any collections are considered an automatic denial other than Medical and/or Student Debt

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Criminal Background

  • Felonies are an Automatic denial under 10 years old
  • Any type of violent crimes to persons or property are an automatic denial
  • Any drug related offenses within 5 years are considered denied
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  • Any executed evictions within 3 years are considered a denial
  • No more than 2 filing within 3 years = Conditional approval with Rental verification
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  • No open bankruptcies
  • Bankruptcy must be settled if filing appears in the credit file
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Rental Reference/ Rental Verification

  • No more than 2 late payments in a 12 month period
  • Must not be breaking the lease, lease must be settled/satisfied
  • Can pay out remainder of their lease to settle with proof of payment from landlord
  • No balance left on rent
  • No negative lease violations

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Application Criteria

Columbia College and USC Housing Options
University of South Carolina

Ray Covington Property Management understands the unique housing needs of students enrolled at UofSC and Columbia College. Our residential properties are strategically located near the University of South Carolina and Columbia College, ensuring you’re never far from your classes, libraries, and campus events. Here’s why students prefer our housing options:

  • Close Proximity to Campus: No more long commutes or waiting for buses. Our student apartments are just a short walk or bike ride away from the UofSC and Columbia College campuses.
  • Student-Friendly Amenities: From high-speed internet for those late-night study sessions to communal areas perfect for group studies or relaxation, our properties are tailored for student life.
  • Safe and Secure: With 24/7 security and a dedicated maintenance team, you can focus on your studies and college experience without any worries.

Ready to Secure Your Ideal Student Housing Near UofSC or Columbia College?

Don’t miss out on our premium student-friendly properties. Our dedicated team will find your next home away from home. Contact Us Now!

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

We provide a diverse range of housing options tailored for UofSC students. This includes both affordable off-campus houses and apartments that are conveniently located near the university, ensuring students have a comfortable and convenient living experience.

Our off-campus properties come equipped with a range of amenities designed for students. This includes high-speed internet for study needs, communal areas for relaxation and socializing, and robust security features to ensure a safe living environment.

Off-campus housing offers students greater independence and flexibility compared to dormitory living. They often get more space for potentially lower costs, have the freedom to choose their roommates, and can immerse themselves in the local community. Additionally, living off-campus equips students with real-world experiences like budgeting and household management, and they can enjoy year-round occupancy without the need to vacate during university breaks.

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