We take a look at some of the best rent collection apps that landlords can use to modernize and streamline their rent collection processes.
Managing rental properties can be time-consuming and stressful. Tracking income and expenses, preparing for tax time, managing tenants, and of course, collecting rent – it all adds up. And as your portfolio grows, so do these challenges.
Traditional methods of rent collection such as cash and checks are slow and insecure and make it harder for both landlords and tenants to stay on top of these regular payments. Not to mention they’re outdated.
As a landlord then, having an effective and modern tool for collecting rent from your tenants isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have.
Below we outline 11 of the best rent collection apps that landlords can use to modernize and streamline their rent collection process.
Collecting rent online shouldn’t be a hassle. But to make it easy and affordable you’re going to need the right tool. The best rent collection apps should (aside from enabling your tenants to pay online directly into your bank account) have property management and accounting features, and allow your tenants to:
And it should allow you the landlord to:
Ideally, payments will use the secure ACH transfer network. It's efficient, secure, cost-effective, and payments will be delivered direct into your bank account. Transactions will take between 3-5 business days to process and come with a small transaction fee, generally less than $2.50 per transaction.
Other good features to look for are whether or not the online rent collection service is integrated into an income and expense tracking system (like Landlord Studio) so you can begin automating your bookkeeping, saving your time, reducing manual data entry and potential errors and making tax time easier than ever before.
Landlord Studio’s Online Rent Collection feature is designed specifically for use by landlords. It allows you to automate the entire rent collection process and manage all your rental property income and expenses in one place.
Tenants can set up automatic payments and log in at any time to review their payment history or initiate an online transfer. Payments are made directly into the landlord’s bank account.
It’s fast, secure, and easy, and paired with other Landlord Studio features makes late rent payments a thing of the past.
Landlord Studio is a free property management and accounting software designed by landlords for landlords. There is a $2.50 transaction fee associated with payments made through Landlord Studio.
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We've also released a tenant app to make it even easier for tenants to manage their payments from their phone.
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The best rent collect apps do more than just allow you to collect rent. They offer a suite of complimentary tools to help you find and manage tenants, track income and expenses, manage property maintenance and more. This section lists a few purpose built tools that focus primarily on rent collection.
PayRent is a rent collection software that allows tenants to pay via credit card or bank transfer. For credit card transactions they charge 3.5% plus $0.30 and for bank transfers, they have a $5 transaction fee.
One of the features they offer allows tenants to report their rent payments to credit bureaus so that on-time rent payments can also help them increase their credit. Which they argue increases the likelihood of on-time rent.
Payments can take up to seven business days to process depending on the subscription plan you choose. They have three plans, free, $19 per month, or $49 per month. Each plan will have the same transaction fees for tenants, despite the increase in monthly fees for the landlord.
PayYourRent started out life as a rent collection only service but has expanded its offering with features like tenant screening. Tenants can use the PayYourRent app to submit payments online and they also enable tenants to submit on-time payments to credit bureaus.
Landlord pricing starts from $9.95 per month and they have fees of $2.50 Per ACH transaction and 2.95% + $0.20 per credit card payment.
ClearNow is designed for rent payments only. The landlord pays no set-up fee but there are charges based on how often rent is paid. For example, if you collect rent once a month the first transaction fee is $14.95 and $2 for each additional debit. If you collect rent twice a month each transaction costs $4.
The company restricts when payments can be made which could be restricting for some landlords and tenants. They do offer the option for tenants to report rent payments to Experian.
Choosing the best rent collection app between property management software can be difficult. Among the things to consider are pricing plans, scalability, transaction fees and how the tools work together. We always recommend trying before you buy to ensure the platform does everything you need it to.
Avail is a property management software owned by Realtor.com. Their primary feature is their rental listings service but they offer a fairly full suite of tools including tenant screening, and of course rent collection.
They have a limited free plan with fees of $2.50 per transaction or you can upgrade to their full plan which costs $5 per unit per month – though ACH fees are waived. In addition to rent, tenants can use the system to pay a security deposit and other move-in fees. They also have the option of reporting online rent payments to TransUnion to build their credit scores.
Rentec Direct comes with a reasonably solid suite of tools from simple accounting to tenant screening. Their software starts at $35 a month but online transactions are free unless tenants pay by credit card, in which case you’ll incur a 2.95% charge.
Stessa is a free platform owned by Roofstock that focuses on financial management. They make their money through financial services and to use their rent collection system you will need to open a cash management account with them. ACH transfers take the standard 3-5 business days.
As a property management software, they lack some of the functionality that other software in this list has such as property maintenance management, rental listings and tenant screening.
Buildium is a property management software aimed at larger portfolio landlords, property managers, and enterprise customers. Pricing plans start at $50 per month and they have additional set-up fees. Landlords can create recurring rent payments and one-time payments, and tenants can pay online using various payment options.
Incoming EFT transaction: $1.00 || Outgoing EFT: $0.50 per transaction || Credit Cards: 2.95% per transaction
We’ve talked about rent collection software, and property management software, but what about using a digital wallet such as PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle for online payments?
These software generally allow for fast, free money transfers between family and friends, but do they work for landlords?
Well, in spite of being “free,” money transfer apps have some serious limitations and often come with high costs for business transactions.
It can cost you up to 3.49% + a fixed fee to collect rent using PayPal.
The cost of accepting rent payments using Venmo is 1.9% + a fixed rate of $0.10.
It costs nothing to use Zelle for business transactions as long as Zelle is partnered with your bank. Prices can also be dictated by your bank or credit union.
Find out more about the limitations of payment apps in our article The Best Way to Collect Rent From Your Tenants.
While it may seem easy and convenient to let tenants pay rent using an online payment app. However, there are often high costs involved if you are a landlord and want to use these systems for business purposes.
The high payment processing fees though are just one of the reasons to avoid peer-to-peer payment apps. Some important weaknesses include:
Choosing the best rent collection app for your rentals can be a challenge. Get you started towards making the best decision for your rental property management by trying out Landlord Studio for free. Landlord Studio is a property management and accounting platform designed by landlords for landlords.
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