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Tag: Property Trust Accounting

Stand Apart From The Rest

The Property Management industry is full of competition, giving potential renters numerous options at their fingertips. It’s important to know what they are looking for so that you can accommodate them and separate yourself from the guys next door. It’s not just the shiny countertops, updated fixtures, and clean carpeting that we’re talking about here…

Reconcile Your Bank Accounts

I know for a fact that there are companies that do not do monthly reconciliations. Property Managers don’t recognize the importance of reconciling their bank trust accounts. To think about reconciling your bank accounts, you’ll think about a 3-way reconciliation. It is an audit requirement to reconcile your bank trust accounts in many states. A…
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Accounting for a Tenant’s Bad Debt in AppFolio

A tenant has moved out leaving a $400 balance of bad debt on their tenant ledger. The property manager feels that she will never see payment for the $400 balance. She is not sure what to do with a tenant’s bad debt.

A Prepayment Is Not Cash Income

In AppFolio, a prepayment is typically for rent that is received before it is due. It is treated as a liability and the GL account will often be called Prepaid Rent. It will probably be set up as is the following: Because prepaid rent is accounted for as a liability it cannot be used for…
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Deposit Disposition Letters in AppFolio

Have you ever wanted to edit the disposition letter in AppFolio? Maybe you’d like to modify it so that there is not a phone number included. This can be done and here’s how: Navigate to the Reporting section and then select Letters from the subtask of menu items from the left side navigation panel. In…
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Entity Distribution vs Property Distributions

Here’s a head’s up for something to watch out for in Property Management Trust Accounting software such as AppFolio. The scenario would be if you ever run a property negative (which definitely could happen) – because this is property-based accounting, it will actually draw the entity negative which results in an illegal commingling of funds.…
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