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The Best Online Tools for DIY Landlords to Simplify Their Lives

Sometimes, a landlord’s responsibilities can feel daunting and time-consuming. But there is there a way to get these tasks done faster and more efficiently to make your life easier. Yes, with the help of online tools! Let's dive into some options in this article. 

1. Abodo

For advertising your vacancies, use Abodo. Their apps are equipped with a lot of functions such as landlord-tenant messaging and map-based vacancy search. The app is available on both Android and iOS!

2. Docusign

From pioneering eSignatures, Docusign has now become a cloud-based agreement platform that realtors use for selling property. With its growing popularity, even landlords and tenants both use the platform now for signing lease agreements.

3. TC Payments Powered by Dwolla

Collecting rent has been made easy by TC payments. For $9/month, landlords can verify and set up 5 bank accounts each assigned to different properties for rent collection. Tenants and landlords can also send and withdraw money from their balance. They can set automatic withdraws, view and manage transfers, view online payment statuses, setup tenants on auto-pay and many more.


This is one of the ideal sites to visit if you want to stay updated on laws and information on the real estate business world. It also helps landlords in sorting and assessing landlord-tenant laws by state. With its discussion board, you can interact with other property managers and seek advice on relevant matters.

5. Thumbtack

Property repairs are unavoidable for you as a landlord. But what if you’re not available to for tackle them? Use Thumbtack and get someone else to do it for your tenant. Both available for Android and iOS, all it takes is one press for calling a plumber or handyman to tend to your rental property’s repair.

6. zInspector

If you need a tool to aid you in documenting the move-in/move-out condition of your property, you can use this cloud-based documentation tool. Its simple photo inspection features makes it easier to sort images due to the time stamp tool. The app also functions offline and is compatible with both Android and iOS.

7. Sure

Protect and insure your real estate investment with Sure. Its landlord insurance system is something you shouldn’t miss. With it, your savings are guarded against property damage, late rent, lease violations, and unexpected legal disruptions caused by tenants.

8. NowRenting

NowRenting’s tool features automatic online tenant screening, rent collection, lease-signing, and vacancy advertising. Tenant screening at NowRenting is much easier and cheaper as its system does that for you at the tenant’s cost. Android and iOS apps are also available.

9. certn.

Made for screening job applicants, certn. can also be used by landlords for tenant verification. Boasting of lightning-speed background checking system, you can achieve full results in just a matter of time. Included in their background checks are:

  • Criminal Record Checks
  • Education & Credential Verification
  • Employment Verification & References
  • Credit Reports
  • Motor Vehicle Records
  • Biometric ID Verification

10. Stessa

Stessa is a free online tool that tracks all of your real estate business’ performance and finances in one place. For premium subscription, users are provided with assistance for rent analysis, mortgage financing, and market research. Their systems also provide bank-level security for your data and information.

11. The Lighter Side of Real Estate (Bonus)

Managing your rental property as a DIY landlord can be stressful. So as a bonus, here is a real estate humor site to help you laugh and get over your negativity! 

There are different tools that are helpful to you as a landlord for managing your rental. Learn how to properly use them and combine all of these tools to achieve more freedom and productivity. 

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