Sauder Schelkopf is investigating a class action lawsuit against property management software, AppFolio. AppFolio allows property management companies to collect rent by electronic checks. AppFolio services tens of thousands of renters and property owners.
Effective July 31, 2023, AppFolio reportedly began charging a transaction fee of $2.49 to renters for all payments made on the platform via electronic checks. Renters allege that AppFolio did not obtain consent nor provide adequate notice about the transaction fee. It has been further alleged that renters who have tried to cancel payments on AppFolio have still been charged for the month’s rent plus the transaction fee.
Property managers, too, allege that AppFolio failed to provide adequate notice about the new transaction fee. Property managers allege that they specifically chose to use AppFolio because it was renowned for its lack of transaction fees. AppFolio reportedly gave property managers the option of paying renters’ transaction fees in lieu of passing the cost to renters, but property managers allege that the fees alone exceed the cost of using the software.
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