Vacancy Fraud – Reduce Your Risk

July 14, 2022

Vacancy Fraud - Reduce Your Risk

By the Accounting Team, Summerfield Management

Vacancy fraud happens when an unethical employee leases a unit under-the-table and pockets cash. The most common act we have heard, is when they take cash for the initial pro-rata rent, pocket it, and record the move-in as of the beginning of the upcoming month.

Like a hornworm on a tomato plant, disappearing cash may be hard to spot, but it still eats a chunk out of your profits like any bad spending decision.

A No Cash policy at your property is important, but it’s not enough. To reduce your exposure further you need at least two additional best practices,

Take steps to reduce your risk; make sure your Property Management regularly inspects vacant units and say no to cash; only accept checks or online payment.

If you’re interested in learning more about Summerfield or want to request a management proposal, shoot one of us a text, call, or email. We’d love to hear from you anytime.


Robert Parmar

Southeast Region





Trevor Manning

Northwest Region




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