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Landlord Studio vs. (Cozy): 2024 Comparison

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by Jeff Rohde, posted in Investment Strategy

If you’re a landlord, you know how important it is to have good property management software. There are many different options on the market, but 2 of the most popular are Landlord Studio and (formerly Cozy). Both have pros and cons, so it’s essential to evaluate your needs before choosing one. 

Landlord Studio is a good option for landlords who need robust features and don’t mind paying a higher price. is a more affordable option that offers many of the same features for free. 

Stessa is another option to consider, especially if you’re looking for rental property management software that offers a free plan and designed by and for real estate investors.


Landlord Studio overview

Landlord Studio offers simplified accounting and tax reporting, tenant screening, online rent collection, and document storage for multiple rental properties.

Owners with vacant property can create a property listing webpage on the Landlord Studio website, including images and a tenant screening portal, and manually place the listing link on rental listing websites, social media, and emails. Rather than automating rental listings, Landlord Studio centralizes tenant inquiries on its own site to make the application process more manageable.


Property owners and managers can try Landlord Studio free for 14 days. After the free trial period, choose one of 3 pricing plans with the option of month-to-month billing or a discount with annual billing. The prices below are based on one unit under management, with prices gradually increasing as more units are added:

  • GO plan: Free for the first 3 units
  • PRO plan: Priced at $15/month (or $12/month when billed annually) for 3 units, with prices increasing by $1/month/unit for each additional unit managed on the platform.

Software features


  • Track up to 3 properties
  • Online rent collection ($2.50 for each transaction, paid by the tenant)
  • Automated late fees
  • Desktop, iOS, and  Android apps
  • Manual income and expense tracking
  • Mileage tracking
  • Basic reports
  • Tenant screening
  • Tenant portal with maintenance tracking


Includes all of the features of the GO plan, plus:

  • Advanced reporting
  • Multiuser access (up to 5 users)
  • Bank feed integration
  • Smart receipt scanner
  • Automated rent reminders
  • Unlimited document storage
  • Custom email templates
  • Integration with Xero


real estate website graphics (formerly Cozy) overview

Using, landlords can market their rentals, screen tenants, sign leases, receive rent payments and deposits, and make maintenance requests. Additionally, homes for rent are advertised on several of the most popular rental listing websites to reach over 25 million monthly prospective renters. 


All of the software features listed below are free to use. also provides premium listings for a fee, asks prospective tenants to pay application and screening fees, and collects transaction fees if rent is paid with a debit or credit card. 

Software features

  • Property listings on 5 of the most active rental listing websites on the network with the option of purchasing a premium listing for increased visibility
  • Online applications directly from the property listing
  • Tenant screening with reports by TransUnion, including credit and background checks, debt payment histories, employment verifications, and previous addresses
  • State-specific lease agreements using the online wizard to create customized leases that can be signed online
  • Free online rent payments with ACH transfers, or credit or debit card payments with fees paid by tenants
  • Trackable rent payments and other fees, including prorated rent, security deposits, and late fees
  • Online maintenance requests with photo and video capabilities
  • Fillable, trackable property expenses available 24/7 online, 
  • Operating expenses recordable by Schedule E category and exported to CSV and PDF formats for financial statements or tax returns


Landlord Studio vs.

Here’s an overview of how Landlord Studio and compare.


With Landlord Studio, owners create property listing pages, then manually place the link on the websites of their choice. The link can also be used in social media and email marketing campaigns.

With, listings can be automatically placed on the 5 most popular rental websites. Landlords can purchase a Premium Listing to put a property on 2 other network websites, gain higher placement in search results, and post a more prominent property ad and videos.

Tenant screening

Both Landlord Studio and use TransUnion to offer options for prospective tenants to complete rental applications online. 

As of January 2024, Landlord Studio charges a $40 report fee that can be paid by the landlord or passed on to the applicant. collects a $29 fee (plus tax) from each applicant to generate a screening report, which is good for 30 days and can be shared with up to 10 landlords on the network if you don’t accept the applicant. 


Landlord Studio doesn’t offer an option for creating and signing leases online, although landlords can upload and store up to 10 documents on the website. On the other hand,’s online wizard aids landlords in creating a legally compliant online lease agreement. In addition, all lease paperwork is signed electronically and saved on the website, eliminating the need for paper documents.

Online rent collection

Landlord Studio and both offer online rent collection. Property owners can collect monthly rent plus one-time fees, such as security deposits, prorated rents, or late fees. Tenants can set up automatic rent payments, and funds are transferred to the landlord’s linked bank account within a few business days. 

Landlord Studio charges tenants a fee of $2.50 for each online rent transaction, while collects a processing fee of 2.75% from the tenant if the rent is paid using a debit or credit card, with no charge for an ACH rent payment.

Financial reporting

Property owners can automatically track income and expenses with Landlord Studio by linking and syncing a bank account. Landlord Studio software can generate 15 different financial reports, including a profit and loss (P&L) statement, rent ledger, and owner net worth statement. The program can also connect with Xero on the PRO plan for enhanced financial reporting. 

You can use to track property expenses manually. This includes categorizing them for Schedule E tax purposes and submitting receipts and photos. The expense entry form contains fields for vendors and payment dates, money spent, IRS cost categories, andnotes.

Tax management

IRS Schedule E can be generated with both Landlord Studio and The report is created on Landlord Studio in just a few clicks, while allows property owners to download income and expenses in CSV and PDF formats following IRS Schedule E, making tax filing simpler.


Stessa vs. Landlord Studio vs.

Landlord Studio offers online rent collection, tenant screening, financial reporting, and tax management tools using a subscription-based model. offers similar property management tools for free, plus online lease preparation and signing. 

Stessa, a Roofstock company, is a platform that offers a streamlined experience for landlords who own single-family rentals, small multifamily properties, short-term vacation rentals, and rental property portfolios. It includes online rent collection, income and expense tracking, and free resources from the Stessa Tax Center.

Real estate investors can use Stessa to: 

  • Track unlimited rental properties and portfolios.
  • Access comprehensive performance dashboards at the property and portfolio levels.
  • Automate income and expense tracking by linking property bank accounts.
  • Collect tenant rent payments online using ACH transfer.
  • Perform tenant screening on Stessa through RentPrep and handle rental applications within the platform.
  • Publish a vacancy for rent and get it syndicated to a variety of websites for maximum exposure to high quality tenants.
  • Open an FDIC-insured high-yield bank account* for each property and seamlessly integrate them with Stessa’s financial tracking features.
  • Upload documents, tag them for digital signatures, and send them to tenants, vendors, partners, and more. 
  • Track expenses on the go with the iOS and Android apps.
  • Organize and store all real estate documents safely and securely.
  • Generate key financial reports, including income, net-cash-flow, and capital expense (CapEx) statements.
  • Export tax-ready financials to make tax time a breeze.
  • Create a personalized Stessa Tax Package, including an income statement, net-cash-flow report, and a ZIP file in a single email.

Go here to create a free Stessa account.


*Stessa is not a bank. Stessa is a financial technology company.Terms and conditions, features and pricing are subject to change. This article, and the Stessa Blog in general, is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is not investment, tax, financial planning, financial, legal, or real estate advice.


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