No, there is not a cancellation fee with ClearNow. If a tenant would like to be unenrolled, the tenant or his/her landlord simply needs to either log in and unenroll them or contact ClearNow and request the unenrollment. The tenant can be unenrolled up to two banking days prior to the next scheduled debit day.
FREE Tenant Screening for ClearNow Landlords
Landlords using ClearNow to collect rent electronically now have access to a powerful and FREE tenant screening service. After much research, we believe this tenant screening service is superior to most other tenant screening services for a few reasons:
- It is FREE to you. Rental applicants pay a fee when they submit their credit report to you.
- Designed for landlords – Easy to use, No site inspection, No paperwork.
- You will receive a complete report in seconds – credit score, criminal background check, eviction report, and an easy-to-understand recommendation!
Getting started is quick and easy:
- Set up your tenant screening account here. Once set up, you will add your rental property address along with the applicant’s contact information and indicate if you or the applicant will pay the fee (via credit card). Most landlords have the applicant cover the fee as part of the application process.
- The applicant authorizes screening.
- Almost instantly, you will receive the applicant’s complete report so you can make a decision! It is that simple!
Why am I charged ClearNow’s service fee when the tenant fails the debit?
You are still charged ClearNow’s service fee because ClearNow is still charged a fee for attempting the debit even if it fails. If you or your tenant know beforehand that the debit will not be successful, we suggest that you do a one-time block. That way, ClearNow does not attempt the debit, and you are not charged our service fee. The tenant will need to make arrangements to pay you directly, and the autodebits will continue for the next payment period.
Can I Debit Multiple Tenants on Different Debit Days?
Yes, you can. Each ClearNow accounts debits on a specific day and deposits to a specific bank account. If you have multiple tenants who you would like to debit on different debit days, you will need to set up a ClearNow account for each debit day. However, the pricing will be different than if all of the tenants were in the same account. The first tenant in your first account is $14.95. Each additional tenant in that account is $2. The first tenant in each additional account is $7.95 and each additional tenant is $2.
Are There Any Fees Charged If A Tenant Fails A Debit?
Yes. ClearNow‘s standard service fees apply when we attempt to debit a tenant’s bank account. These fees are paid by the landlord. When a tenant fails a debit, a $15 failed payment fee is charged to the tenant. Email notification is sent to the tenant and landlord letting them know the debit failed and when the tenant will be charged the $15 failed payment fee.
Can You Collect Rent from a Credit Card?
ClearNow does not process credit card transactions. We can debit a checking or savings account and some prepaid card accounts. If your tenant would like to enroll using a prepaid card account, please have your tenant check with his/her card company prior to enrolling to ensure the card account can handle an ACH debit.
Can I Debit Multiple Tenants on Different Debit Days?
Yes, you can. Each ClearNow account debits on a specific debit day. The available debit days include the 1st, 5th, 15th, 25th, Biweekly (every other Tuesday), and Semimonthly (3rd and 17th). So for each debit day, you will need to set up an additional ClearNow account. While the first tenant in your first account is $14.95/month, the first tenant in each additional account is only $7.95/month. Each tenant after that is $2/month.
What Kind of Reports Does ClearNow Provide?
ClearNow not only makes it easy for landlords to collect rent from their tenants, but we also provide a simple way to organize that payment data. Just one of the many reports you can run through your ClearNow account is the “Report by Date.” This report lists your tenants’ names, property addresses, rent amounts, and their payment status for each payment period. Another useful report is the “Lease-End Tracking Report” which can be very important as it lets you know when each of your tenants’ lease end date expires in ClearNow. This date is important because once it expires, the tenants’ debits via ClearNow will stop. ClearNow also provides Reports by Person and Address, a Profit and Loss Report, and a Schedule E Helper Report to help you at tax time. So enroll in ClearNow and take advantage of just a few of our many useful tools for online rent payments!
Can I record income and expenses that occur outside of ClearNow’s rent collection activity?
Yes. As a landlord, you are able to record income and expenses manually. Rent payments made through ClearNow and service fees paid are automatically recorded. You are also able to record various expenses such as repairs, advertising, insurance, and utilities. There are also reports you can generate using the data recorded, including “Profit and Loss” and a Schedule E Helper Report to assist you during tax time.
What Are Some Advantages For A Property Manager To Use ClearNow?
ClearNow enables landlords and property managers to collect rent electronically from their tenants in a quick and easy fashion. Tenants are debited for the rent, and the funds are deposited into their landlord/property manager’s bank account 3 banking days later. By using ClearNow, landlords/property managers no longer have to worry about collecting a check or money order from their tenants or spending the time depositing the funds. ClearNow also eliminates the headache of waiting for payments to come in the mail. Funds are received faster and communication is more efficient whether the tenant’s debits are successful or not. The same applies for property owners and their property managers. If property managers use ClearNow’s owner proceeds, property owners receive the rent on the same day the property managers receive their fees. Plus, property managers eliminate the need to write and mail checks to the owners!