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13 Best Free Property Management Software in 2020

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13 Best Free Property Management Software in 2020

April 14, 2020

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Working in real estate and property management can be overwhelming. Property managers have to take on a great amount of tasks, from managing tenants, to maintaining properties, to marketing, and more.

What Are the Best Free Property Management Tools in 2020?

    1. Cozy
    2. Rentect Direct
    3. TenantCloud Property Management
    4. Entrata
    5. AppFolio Property Manager
    6. ResMan
    7. Buildium
    8. Rent Manager
    9. On-Site
    10. PropertyVista
    11. TOPS[ONE]
    12. Innago
    13. Hunt

With all the hats property managers wear, it’s near impossible to keep track of everything all on your own. Luckily, there are many low-cost, rental property management PropTech solutions available for free that can help with tasks such as collecting rent, scheduling maintenance orders, and more.

PRO TIP: Looking for a property management solution for properties of 50-1000 units? Check out the best multifamily property management software in 2020.

Best Free Property Management Software for Landlords

Below outlines 13 of the best free property management software tools available to help landlords and property managers smoothly run their properties.

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1. Cozy

User Rating: 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Pricing: Free

Cozy is a completely free service for independent landlords and renters, and the first of its kind to offer online rent payments, tenant applications, tenant screening services, advertise vacancies, and nearly everything in between. 

Cozy offers property managers and tenants a one-stop-shop to post and browse listings, communicate, perform background checks, send and collect rent, document signings, and nearly everything a property manager could need from a property management software. 

One major component Cozy lacks is a maintenance report manager. So, Cozy is often more beneficial to property managers of smaller properties where maintenance requests don’t need to be processed through a software and property managers who don’t mind having a separate system for maintenance reports.

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2. Rentec Direct

User Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Pricing: Free 2 week trial – $90/month

Rentec Direct is a great property management software for property managers of small and large-scale properties. The software is designed to manage properties holding between 25 and 5,000 units. Rentec not only acts as an online portal for tenants and property managers to complete applications, sign documents, bill utilities, background screen and more, but it also offers financial reporting, completing reports on your behalf. 

Rentec is only free for the first couple weeks to test out. After the initial two weeks, the monthly fee can range immensely, depending on how many units are being managed and the plan you choose. Luckily, the platform offers easy estimates to test out here.

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3. TenantCloud Property Management

User Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Pricing: Free for 75 units or less

TenantCloud is a cloud-based property management software that provides property managers with everything they could need to manage their property (or properties). From rent collection and applicant screening to maintenance requests and property listings, TenantCloud handles everything. 

If you are looking for a free property management software, TenantCloud is perfect for property managers maintaining 75 units or less. However, for those managing slightly larger properties, there are low-cost plans available as well at monthly rates of $9 for up to 150 units and $35 for up to 500 units.

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4. Entrata

User Rating: 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Pricing: Free with one-time setup & support fees

Entrata is the only property management software that offers a single-login, open-access Platform as a Service (PaaS) with a vast array of tools from mobile apps and payments to lease agreements and resident management. With Entrata, property managers can choose the software and technology that best suits their needs and combine them into one, perfect property management software. 

Entrata is a free software; however, there can be minimal one-time setup and support fees.

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5. AppFolio Property Manager

User Rating: 4.6 out of 5 Stars

Pricing: $1.25/residential property and $1.50/commercial property, with a $250/month minimum.

AppFolio Property Manager is a low-cost property management software for landlords managing 200 units or more per month. Using the cloud-based software, property managers can control their accounting, marketing, leasing, and maintenance all in one place with easy-to-use software. 

AppFolio offers low rates of $1.25 per residential property and $1.50 per commercial property, with a minimum cost of $250 per month. Therefore, AppFolio is best used for larger-scale property managers on a budget.

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6. ResMan

User Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Stars

Pricing: Free demo – pricing not listed on website – contact for quote.

ResMan is a property management software with diverse options for property managers of all types of properties. With functions including lead management, accounting and budgeting, and online leasing, ResMan offers basic functionality any landlord would need. 

Not only that, but ResMan offers integration options with partnerships giving users more from their subscriptions. These integrations include internet listings for vacancies, debt collection, payment processing, and more – and the platform allows you to view and choose all integrations. 

ResMan offers a free demo for users, but a ResMan representative will need to be contacted for pricing details.

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7. Buildium

User Rating: 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Pricing: $165/month, with extra fees based on number of transactions, tenant screenings, and electronic leases.

Buildium is a low-budget, cloud-based property great for landlords managing properties of all sizes. Buildium allows property managers to control rent payments, vacancies, and maintenance requests all in one place. Not only that, but it tracks leases and sends automated late fee reminders, while simultaneously created financial reports to be easily analyzed. 

Buildium holds partnerships with commonly used rental sites, such as Zillow and Trulia, to post listings directly onto those sites, gaining further marketing exposure. Buildium offers an estimate tool to test out pricing per unit, from one unit to 5,000 units.

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8. Rent Manager

User Rating: 4.6 out of 5 Stars

Pricing: Free trial – pricing not listed on website – contact for quote.

Rent Manager is a slightly pricier low-cost property management option than the others. However, Rent Manager also offers more customizable options to create the perfect property management software for properties of all types and sizes. On top of the platform’s basic services, there are integration options for every need property managers could imagine, from credit reports, to reputation management, to insurance.

Rent Manager does not list exact prices online, but the platform offers a free demo with the option to request a quote before making any commitments. 

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9. On-Site

User Rating: 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Pricing: Free demo – pricing not listed on website – contact for quote.

On-Site is a property management software that prioritizes its ease-of-use for property managers and renters. The platform customizes each software package to give property managers the most efficient property management service for their specific property. On-Site offers solutions for multifamily renters, student housing, and affordable housing, and works to personalize each system depending on size, housing type, and each landlords’ needs. 

On-Site offers free demos for it’s various services, however, you will need to speak to a representative to learn more on specific pricing. Due to the personalization and ease-of-use On-Site offers, the pricing can vary immensely.

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10. PropertyVista

User Rating: 4.9 out of 5 Stars

Pricing: $1.25/unit a month, with a minimum monthly payment of $250.

PropertyVista is an ideal low-cost property management software for landlords of 200 units or more. The platform offers basic functions, such as rent payment, maintenance requests, and vacancy advertisements, with the additive of offering holistic analyses to help property managers better maintain properties and manage their finances in one place. 

PropertyVista costs $1.25 per unit monthly, with a minimum monthly payment of $250, therefore, it’s most cost-effective for those managing larger properties.

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11. TOPS[ONE]

User Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Pricing: $.75/unit a month, with a minimum of $375 per month.

TOPS[ONE] is one of the easiest to use property management softwares in the game. [ONE] handles all property management essentials, from recurring payments to avoid late rent payments to creating detailed financial reports in order to ensure you are making the most out of your property management services. Additionally, [ONE] is web-based, so no external software is necessary.  

[ONE] is best for large-scale properties with over 500 units. The software is $.75 per unit monthly, with a minimum of $375 per month.

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12. Innago

User Rating: n/a

Pricing: Free

Innago is completely free online property management solution to help landlords with lease applications and renewals, tenant communication, track finances, and collect rent from residents. It’s a versatile software, aimed at providing solutions for independent landlords managing one unit to commercial property managers in charge of 1,000 units.

Innago has a great pricing structure for those on a budget. There is absolutely no cost to the landlord – no setup fees, no monthly fees, and no contact. The only time a tenant needs to pay is if they are asked to submit a criminal background check and if they pay rent with a debit or credit card.

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13. Hunt

User Rating: n/a

Pricing: Free

Hunt is a brand new free property management tool for landlords to manage their units online. The platform helps property managers advertise their units, manage applications, screen potential tenants, and collect monthly rent from residents. Hunt also provides those looking for new apartments a portal to search through its database of available units.

Hunt’s property management features are completely free. The only exceptions to this are if landlords want to increase visibility of their open listings or run a background and credit check to screen new tenants.

How to Choose the Right Property Management Solution for You

If you’re a new property manager, or looking for a more affordable property management software, the 11 above softwares are great options to consider in your search for the perfect property management software. 

Don’t feel a need to pick one right away, test out free demos from each program, and consider your needs and budget when making your final decision. Then, compare all your options before diving into one property management software over another.

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