Market Perspectives Blog Post

As a landlord, managing your rental properties efficiently is crucial for maintaining a harmonious relationship with your tenants and ensuring the financial health of your real estate investments. One of the most significant aspects of this management is the collection of rent and security deposits. Selecting the right platform for these transactions can streamline the process, reduce misunderstandings, and enhance communication. Here are some recommended platforms, each with its unique benefits:

1. TurboTenant

TurboTenant offers a robust solution for landlords looking for a comprehensive tool to handle not only rent collection but also tenant screening, lease management, and maintenance requests. It automates tenant background checks and integrates these with the application process. This platform excels in facilitating maintenance requests and automatically calculating late fees, which can be a significant advantage in managing several properties. An added convenience is its document storage capability, which can help organize leases, maintenance records, and other critical documents. The service is free for landlords, with tenants covering fees based on their payment methods.

2. RentSpree

As a platform already utilized by the Adam Timothy Group for tenant screening, RentSpree  offers a straightforward tenant screening that is integrated with the rental application, facilitating a seamless transition from applicant to tenant. Its features are similar to TurboTenant, though it offers a slightly less polished user experience. However, its integration with the tenant screening process can simplify transitions from applicant to renter. The fee structure is flexible, allowing either landlords or tenants to cover the costs.

3. Avail

Avail stands out for its user-friendly interface and comprehensive feature set, making it a favorite among landlords who prioritize ease of use and functionality.  Avail provides a detailed screening process including credit reports, criminal background checks, and eviction history, which can be easily managed through its user-friendly interface. While it may be pricier for credit card transactions, ACH transfers are free with a premium account, which can be beneficial for landlords with multiple properties. Avail also offers excellent customer support, which is invaluable for resolving any issues that arise during the rent collection process.

4. PayPal, Zelle, Venmo

These platforms primarily handle payments and do not offer built-in screening or application services. Landlords would need to use separate services for tenant screening. For landlords favoring straightforward payment solutions, platforms like Zelle, Venmo, and PayPal are viable options. Zelle does not charge fees, which is a significant advantage for direct transfers. However, Venmo and PayPal consider rent payments as business transactions and will incur fees. These platforms do not automatically transfer collected rent to your bank account, which means manual management is necessary. This could be a drawback for landlords seeking automation in their rent collection process.  

5) Zillow

Zillow can be a good tool for landlords because it provides a wide range of features to manage rental properties effectively. Landlords might use Zillow to list their home for rent, collect applications, build the lease, and manage payments because it offers a comprehensive set of tools in one platform. Zillow allows landlords to reach a large audience with their rental listings, facilitates the application process by collecting and organizing potential tenant information, assists in creating legally compliant lease agreements, and provides payment management tools. This integration simplifies the landlord’s tasks by having everything in one place, reducing the complexity of managing multiple aspects of rental properties.

Which one should I use?

Choosing the right platform for collecting rent and coordinating with tenants is more than just about financial transactions; it’s about finding a system that aligns with your management style, the complexity of your property portfolio, and your communication preferences with tenants. By selecting an appropriate platform, landlords can ensure smoother operations, timely rent collection, and improved tenant relations, ultimately leading to a more profitable and less stressful investment experience.

  • Zillow excels in market reach and visibility for listings, integrated with a full suite of rental management tools including applications, screening, lease creation, and payment handling.


  • TurboTenant stands out for its landlord-centric features, including free property listing, rental applications, tenant screening, and online rent collection, plus additional marketing tools.


  • RentSpree focuses on streamlining the tenant application process with strong tenant screening capabilities, automated lease generation, and rent collection, making it highly efficient for thorough tenant vetting.


The best choice depends on the specific features a landlord values most, such as market exposure, ease of use, or depth of screening processes. Let’s talk. If you need help leasing out your luxury condo or single-family home, we may be a good fit for you.