I am just starting my first house hack and want to set up the tenant with auto-pay. What is the best method of doing this? Is there a way to direct the deposit without writing it to my personal name?
Also, I want to be seen as the "on-site manager" rather than the owner.
I would recommend some sort of online bill pay system. Most of theses systems allow a certain degree of separation that should allow your personal information to stay out of any transaction.
Check out this BP link for a detailed explanation of multiple auto-pay sites: https://www.biggerpockets.com/rei/pay-rent-online-...
I have been using eRentPayment for a while but I do not recommend them. They have been having a lot of issues lately due to switching banks and their customer service is horrible. I am looking to switch to something else soon.
Best of luck.
You will regret your decision of not being honest with your tenants when they find out you are the owner...they always do find out.
If you expect tenants to be honest with you they deserve the same in return.