Is Rent Payment Reporting Worth It?

As a property manager or landlord, you’re always looking for ways to improve your business operations and protect your properties and investments. One way to do this is by reporting your residents’ rent payments to the major credit bureaus.

But is rent payment reporting to the credit bureaus really worth it?

First, let’s take a look at what rent reporting to the credit bureaus means. Essentially, it involves sending your residents’ payment history to credit reporting agencies like Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. This information is then added to your residents’ credit reports and can impact their credit score.

So, what are the benefits of rent reporting to the credit bureaus? Here are a few to consider:

  • Rent reporting can be a valuable tool for residents who are trying to build or improve their credit scores. By including their rent payments in their credit history, they can show lenders that they have a history of paying their bills on time. This can make it easier for them to obtain loans, credit cards, and other financial products in the future.
  • Many people don’t have a credit history or have a poor credit score. By reporting rent payments, you’re helping your residents build a positive credit history and improve their credit score over time.

While many people believe that rent reporting is only beneficial for residents who want to build their credit, property managers can also reap significant rewards from this practice.

Rent reporting to the credit bureaus is a simple and effective way to help your residents build credit while also protecting your rental business from financial risks. Here are some of the key benefits of rent reporting for property managers:

  • By reporting rent payments to credit bureaus, residents are more likely to prioritize their rent payments as they understand the impact of timely payment on their credit score. This increases the likelihood of timely payment and reduces the number of late payments and delinquencies for the property manager.
  • According to TransUnion, two of three renters would choose a property that reports rent payments than one that doesn’t.  This can be added to the properties amenity package to increase renewals and lower turn-over rate.
  • The cost of the credit-building amenity can be passed on to the renters making it a potential revenue source.
  • Rent reporting can help improve resident retention by offering an amenity that helps them build financial wealth.
  • By offering a unique and valuable service, property management companies can differentiate themselves from competitors.

Overall, whether rent reporting is worth it ultimately depends on the unique needs and goals of each property manager and resident. Ultimately, considering the potential benefits, it may be worth exploring rent reporting as an option for your rental property management strategy.

With the help of Sperlonga Data and Analytics, property managers and owners can easily implement a trusted and efficient rent payment reporting solution. By offering this added value to residents, property managers and owners can build stronger relationships with their renters and enhance their overall reputation in the rental market.

2 thoughts on “Is Rent Payment Reporting Worth It?”

    1. Sperlonga’s credit reporting is the other side of tenant screening. We send payment history data to the credit bureaus so that credit reports include the tenant’s rental history. Sperlonga does not pull credit reports. Rather, we enrich credit reports with a fuller payment history profile by including tenant rental data.

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