Landlords use property management software to optimize and automate important tasks they conduct daily. There are several property management solutions in the market, which can make it tough to determine the best solution for your business.
However, if you're reading this article, then you're on the right path. This guide will help you choose between two of the most popular property management solutions, Avail and TurboTenant. We compare the differences between the two solutions, including an in-depth look into their unique features, and make it simpler to decide which tool is best for you.
Avail and TurboTenant are both popular property management solutions used by thousands of landlords each. These solutions allow you to syndicate property listings, screen tenants, and automatically collect payments.
When comparing the two, it's important to focus on the specific tools offered by each vendor, and the corresponding subscription price. Here's a quick test to determine which solution is best for you:
- You desire convenient communication with your tenants
- You frequently use vendors for maintenance tasks
- You frequently use electronic signatures for leases
- You desire pre-screener questionnaires
- You want marketing websites & customizable rental applications as part of your free subscription
Table of Contents
- Comparison Summary
- Avail & TurboTenant Price Comparison
- Avail & TurboTenant Feature Comparison
- Bottom Line
Avail & TurboTenant Price Comparison
Both Avail and TurboTenant are both free to access. In addition, Avail offers a paid plan which unlocks several features that we will cover in the sections below.
There are fees that your tenants will incur when you use these solutions. Additionally, both vendors offer paid add-on services. Here is a breakdown of the costs associated with each vendor.
Fees Paid by Tenant
|ACH Fees||$2.50 per transaction||Free|
|Credit & Debit Transaction Fee||3.5%||3.49%|
|Tenant Screening Fee||$55||$35 to $45|
|Expedited Payments||$7 per unit per month||None|
|Rental Analysis Reports||$19.99||$14.99|
|Electronic Signatures||Free||$9 per signature|
Avail Pricing Details
Avail offers two subscriptions – one is free & one is priced at $7 per unit per month. The free plan does not include some advanced features including expedited payments, marketing websites, and customizable applications & leases.
- Unlimited: $0 per unit
- Unlimited Plus: $7 per unit
Avail also offers some services for an additional cost:
- ACH fee: $2.50 per transaction (waived in Unlimited Plus Plan)
- Credit & debit card fee: 3.5% per transaction
- Credit, criminal background, and eviction checks: $55 per screening
- Rent analysis report: $19.99
- Free Trial
TurboTenant Pricing Details
TurboTenant's platform is free to access ($0 price), but several tools and services do cost extra.
- Application fee: $35 to $45 (paid by applicant)
- Electronic lease signing: $9 per lease
- Rent comparison report: $14.99 per report
- Forms pack: $99
Avail & TurboTenant Feature Comparison
Avail and TurboTenant are both useful solutions that include the core set of features needed to manage your properties. Both platforms include automated listing syndication, tenant screening, and automated payments.
While there is a broad overlap between the two solutions, each does have unique features. As you can see in the table below, only Avail offers maintenance tracking and reporting. In contrast, only TurboTenant offers pre-screener questionnaires.
Additionally, there are several features that both solutions offer, but one solution may charge a fee. For example, Avail offers state-specific leases for free, while TurboTenant charges $29 for the service. In contrast, TurboTenant offers marketing websites and customizable applications as part of their free product. These features are only included in Avail’s paid plan.
|Customizable Rental Applications||Yes||Yes|
|Rental Price Analysis Tool||Yes||Yes|
|One-click Listing Syndication||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Payment Collection||Yes||Yes|
|Online Tenant Portal||Yes||Yes|
|Built-in Messaging Chat Box||**Yes||Yes|
Avail's Unique Features
Avail offers several features not found in TurboTenant. It's important to understand the features below to determine if Avail is ideal for your business.
With Avail, landlords can generate reports to view and analyze key data points. Reports can be created for listings, applications, leases, payments, and maintenance requests. Also, Avail offers more specialized reports for:
- Rent roll
- Tenant roster
- Late payments
- Received payments
- Leases expiring
- Open maintenance
State-specific Leases & Electronic Signatures
Both Avail and TurboTenant offer state-specific leases in their platform. However, TurboTenant charges $29 for this service, while Avail offers this feature in their free plan. Additionally, Avail includes electronic signatures in their free plan, while TurboTenant charges $9 per signature.
TurboTenant's Unique Features
TurboTenant offers several features not found in Avail. It's important to understand the features below to determine if TurboTenant is ideal for your business.
TurboTenant offers pre-screener questionnaires that you can send to prospective tenants before you schedule showings. This feature helps you connect with only the most qualified candidates.
The pre-screener questionnaire gathers important information from your prospective tenants including:
- Contact information
- Desired move-in date
- Monthly income
- Number of occupants
No ACH Fees
TurboTenant does not charge ACH fees which is a favorable feature for your tenants. Avail only waives this fee in their paid plan.
TurboTenant offers a marketing website for each of your listings. Although Avail offers this feature in their product, it is only available in their paid plan.
Customizable Rental Application
Both Avail and TurboTenant offer fully customizable rental applications. However, this feature is only included in Avail's paid plan.
Avail and TurboTenant are popular property management solutions used by thousands of landlords. Both solutions offer free plans, and include useful features including automatic property listing syndication, tenant screening, and automated payment collection.
If convenient communication and vendor management are must-have features for you, Avail is your best option. If you are unwilling to pay for Avail’s paid plan to unlock features including waived ACH fees, marketing websites, and customizable rental applications, then consider testing TurboTenant.