Trust accounts are used to hold money for other people until a trigger of some kind releases it. In the property management industry, these accounts hold funds for customers who are entitled to the money being held there. However, some bankers make a common mistake by opening a general business account and calling it a trust account. This article covers the terminology and regulation of trust accounts in the property management industry to ensure that property management companies and their clients are protected.
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Our very first recurring Trust Bookkeeping client using AppFolio went live in July 2017 and since then we've brought to market additional products & services such as Daily Audits, Daily Bank Recs, Corporate Bookkeeping, After Hours Call Center, Maintenance Coordination. When we introduced these new offerings, we didn't know how to price them so we went with whatever was easy. Along the way, even our Trust Bookkeeping pricing was adjusted to account for clients of different size, location, and business (SFR, MFR, HOA, commercial, etc) and we ended up with over 60 different pricing models and a billing nightmare.
The first step is to diagnose the issue as either negative or positive additional fees.
You can only pay management fees once the rent has been received. The system will not calculate percentages before income has been paid on the property
Once the charge is posted, make sure that the tenant payment is applied to the clearing charge.
Ideal bookkeeping is good judgment and intelligent organization within the bounds of regulation. While consolidation is often the key to organization, in some cases modest additional detail, or extension of a process can drastically improve property bookkeeping processes. Sensible choices when setting up the company banking and chart of accounts will put the books on track for smooth upkeep and painless auditing, internal or third party, but not all best practices are applied through the bookkeeping itself.
Does your bookkeeper have Bookkeeper/Accounting Experience? Does your bookkeeper have Trust Compliance experience? Does your bookkeeper have Property Management Software Experience?
The end of the eviction moratorium may still not mean everything for property managers is completely back to the status quo