Can I Enroll in ClearNow Over the Telephone?

The short answer is “no”.  Since you have to complete our one-page authorization agreement and submit it with your bank documentation, we cannot enroll you over the telephone.  One of the easiest ways to access our agreement is at our site, www.ClearNow.com.  Click on the “Enroll” tab, and follow the prompts depending on if you are a landlord/property manager or a tenant.  Once you print the agreement, the directions are at the top and explain what we need, and how you can submit materials to us.  If you have any questions, please call us at (866) 882-5327 or email us at Support@ClearNow.com.

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When I Enroll, Are You Automatically Reporting My Payments to the Credit Bureau?

No, we cannot furnish your ClearNow rent payment data until you provide your consent. After you are enrolled in ClearNow, there is an additional step that you must take to sign up for credit reporting.  Once you have four (4) payment periods of complete data, your ClearNow rent payment data will be reported to Experian. Thereafter, your data is submitted on a monthly basis.

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Does ClearNow Cost $14.95 for Every Tenant?

No.  ClearNow fees are based on the debit day and are only charged when landlords attempt to debit a tenant.  Fees are paid by the landlord/property manager.  The choice of debit days include:

  • For monthly debits on the 1st, 5th, 15th, or 25th: $14.95/month for one debit. Each additional debit is just $2/month.
  • For semimonthly debits (twice a month on the 3rd & 17th): $4/debit.
  • For biweekly debits on every other Tuesday: $4/debit.

For example, the fee for five tenants for a monthly debit would be $22.95/month ($2 x 4 tenants + $14.95).  The semimonthly fee for five tenants would be $40/month ($4 x 2 x 5 tenants).

 

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Can I Change My Account ID and Password to Something I Remember?

Of course you can! We encourage you to become familiar with all parts of your ClearNow account, which includes personalizing it! You may change your Account ID and password to something that is easier for you to remember. Simply log into your ClearNow account, select “My Info” from the menu on the left-hand side, then “My Contact Info”, change your Account ID and password, and click “Save”. It’s just that simple!

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Improvements to Rental Income Expense Tracking

Towards the end of last year, ClearNow launched a free feature for your ClearNow account – “income and expense tracking.” Over the past 10 months, we’ve been gathering feedback from ClearNow customers who have been using this tool, and today, we are rolling out a significantly improved version:

  1. Simpler and easier to use. The “Income/Expenses” screen has been redesigned to make it easier for you to add, edit, delete, and search for income and expense records. We’ve added buttons so you can quickly view the “Profit & Loss” and “Schedule E Helper” reports that are created from your income and expense records.
  2. More powerful. The “Profit & Loss” and “Schedule E Helper” reports are easier to read and now contain clickable links so you can see the details behind the totals in these reports.

To begin tracking your income and expenses, log into your ClearNow account and click “Income/Expenses” from the left hand menu.

If you’re using a spreadsheet to manage your income and expenses or a software system that just doesn’t work well for you, we hope you will try ClearNow’s income and expense tracking tool. It’s already incorporated into your ClearNow account, and rents from enrolled tenants and associated ClearNow fees are automatically tracked for you. Best of all, it’s free!

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What Are Some Advantages For A Tenant to Use ClearNow?

There are many advantages for a tenant to use ClearNow! For one, ClearNow is Free! Fees are paid by your landlord or property management company. You have the opportunity to pay your rent electronically without having to go out of your way to write and deliver a check or money order. Signing up with ClearNow enables an automatic debit from your bank account and does not require your initiation each month. One of the greatest benefits of using ClearNow is the ability to report the rent payments to Experian. This will allow you to build a credit history.

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What is a “block” and when can I “block”?

If you know ahead of time that you will not have the necessary funds in your bank account on your scheduled debit day, you have the option to do a one-time block. A block is a one-time request to not debit your account for that payment period. Your account will not be debited, and you will need to make arrangements to pay your landlord directly. Your ClearNow debits will automatically resume for the next payment period. The deadline to request a block is always one banking day prior to the debit day before 12:00pm (noon) EST. Both your landlord and you may call and request the block or log into your ClearNow accounts and block the debit yourselves. Blocking a debit is a proactive way to avoid possible late or bank fees. ClearNow service fees are also not charged for a blocked debit.

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