Archives January 2013

Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act 2001

Below is a copy of Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act 2001


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Launching Complaint Box Analytics in ApnaComplex

These are exciting times at ApnaComplex!
In close heels of the Rules Engine for Dynamic Housing Socities unique feature, ApnaComplex now offers yet another cool feature.

As a first step to provide visual insights into the society happenings, we now support a graphical view of the Complaint Box data.
Complaint Box is the most widely used feature by all our users and now committee members can see the associated data visually in histograms, line charts and pie-charts. Complaints can be sliced and diced on various parameters – category wise, block wise, status wise, turn around time wise and so on to give you an excellent understanding of the areas that need focus and staff that might be over/under utilized.
Trends across Complaint Categories in the Housing Society
Breakup of Complaints filed with a Building of the Apartment Complex Sample Report of a Complaints raised in a particular category across various Buildings of the Apartment Complex

What makes these charts exciting is the dynamic nature of the charts – you can turn on/off some data elements easily and the charts instantly refresh. For example – if you do not want complaints from one block to be shown – just deselect the block name and the graphs are redrawn instantly.

Head to the reports list under reports to access the new graphical reports.


Want to manage your apartment easily and financials transparently in your Housing Society? – Get on to ApnaComplex – Today!

ApnaComplex is India’s #1 mobile and web based Apartment Management Software.

ApnaComplex is designed to make the life of residents and owners lot better by bringing in more transparency and accountability in managing a housing society. Check out why we say ApnaComplex is Best Apartment Management Software and sign up your society today to get the benefits! We offer ApnaComplex – Free Edition with awesome capabilities which you can use free of cost forever.


Announcing Rules Engine in ApnaComplex for Dynamic Housing Societies

Continuing with the tradition of innovation, ApnaComplex now offers, a first of its kind in any Housing Society Software, a rules engine for housing societies to implement automated billing to members based on any number of conditions.

So, what is this rules engine?

Rules Engine offers ApnaComplex administrators a mechanism to get list of units (flats / villas) based on criteria conigured by the administrator. Let us say, you want to know list of rented flats where vehicle count is more than 3 and resident count is more than 6. In life with out ApnaComplex you would have to get the data from multiple sources and then try and count manually or write couple of excel macros. Its super easy to get this with the rule engine. Create three rules, combine them to create a rule set, execute the rule set to get the list of flats.

Committee Member of a society that adopted ApnaComplex 🙂

That sounds fun. But what is the real utility of this in a Society Accounting Software?

Imagine if you were to do billing to members based on a conditions like number of parking lots owned, number of residents in the house, who occupied the flat etc. This data is dynamic and can potentially change every month when you are ready to invoice. It takes enormous amount of time to accurately raise an invoice. With help of rules engine, you can create the conditions that impact your billing as rules, group them as rule sets and save them. When you are ready to invoice, just execute the rule set to get list of flats and then use that to raise the invoices on selected units.

Can I use the rules engine with recurring invoices feature of ApnaComplex?

Absolutely yes, you can now configure recurring invoices to execute one or more rule sets and then add charges for ONLY those units that meet the conditions mentioned in the rules. Now, that is mighty powerful – the system automatically executes rules that are defined by the admin on a periodic basis and then generate invoices to only those flats that meet the conditions. Zero manual intervention.

What if billing criteria in my housing society changes?

You can change the conditions and the threshold values for the conditions any time you want.

I can’t wait to use it. Where do I find it?

If you already using ApnaComplex, go to Income->Member Income. Click Setup Rules to get started.
If you want to get started with ApnaComplex, register your society and get started!

Is there anything else I can do with the rules engine other than billing?

Stay tuned for more ways of using this unique feature in ApnaComplex 🙂


Want to manage your apartment easily and financials transparently in your Housing Society? – Get on to ApnaComplex – Today!

ApnaComplex is India’s #1 mobile and web based Apartment Management Software.

ApnaComplex is designed to make the life of residents and owners lot better by bringing in more transparency and accountability in managing a housing society. Check out why we say ApnaComplex is Best Apartment Management Software and sign up your society today to get the benefits! We offer ApnaComplex – Free Edition with awesome capabilities which you can use free of cost forever.


Refund to Members Made Easy in ApnaComplex

A New Year gift to ApnaComplex Treasurers!

ApnaComplex – your favorite Society Accounting Software now supports giving refund to members easily. One of the not-so-frequent scenarios that happen in a housing society is to refund money paid by members.

This usually happens when members pay excess amount to the society and later claim refund or when caution deposits made are to be refunded to tenants. In one of the cases we are aware of, a member has paid Rs. 90,000/- instead of Rs. 9,000/- by mistake to the society via NEFT only to claim a refund later.

We have been advising our treasurers a series of steps to issue a refund to members. Now, we have automated all these steps and issuing a refund is now as simple as any other financial transaction in ApnaComplex.

Just go to Income->Member Income. Filter on flat and select the ‘Add Refund’ icon against the flat to issue refund to members who have advance payment in their accounts. All you need to do is fill the amount of refund, mode of payment etc and you are done!
Like with all other scenarios, ApnaComplex takes care of all the accounting entries behind the scenes.

You can also view refunds given across the society, against specific flats easily – view the details of the refunds given and even delete refunds given if needed.

Happy Giving 🙂


Want to manage your apartment easily and financials transparently in your Housing Society? – Get on to ApnaComplex – Today!

ApnaComplex is India’s #1 mobile and web based Apartment Management Software.

ApnaComplex is designed to make the life of residents and owners lot better by bringing in more transparency and accountability in managing a housing society. Check out why we say ApnaComplex is Best Apartment Management Software and sign up your society today to get the benefits! We offer ApnaComplex – Free Edition with awesome capabilities which you can use free of cost forever.


All you wanted to know about Home Automation for Apartments

This a guest post from Mr. Hariharan of Zee Sense Systems – provider of Home Automation Products.

What is Smart Home or Home Automation?

We live in a world that is increasingly DIGITAL, SMART and CONNECTED. The combination of sensors and the internet is accelerating this transformation, making everything smarter – our homes, offices, home care, energy conservation, industrial automation, logistics, security and other areas. A Smart Home is an inherent part of this transformation that provides its home owners security, safety, comfort, energy efficiency and convenience at all times.

Home Automation (HA) Market

Home Automation is not new – it has been around for many years in the developed countries and is now driven by proven, mature standards, products and solutions. Home automation goes way beyond video door phones and gas leak detectors. In India, awareness of Home Automation is just picking up and price points have dropped to a level where we are seeing the market moving from the exclusive VHNI bungalows into the mainstream apartment and villa segments. Projects with bundled Home Automation are being announced – i.e., the per sft price includes Home Automation features that come as part of the apartment or villa. Demand is also bolstered by customers motivated to buy Home Automation by changing lifestyles, nuclear families, exposure to western lifestyles, increasing concerns about safety and security etc.

Benefits of Home Automation – Sample scenarios

I am sure you are itching to ask: All this is fine, but what does Home Automation do for me? Is it of practical use or is just a showpiece toy? While there is some ‘status’ and ‘show’ value attached to Home Automation as a bonus, it definitely has several practical benefits – sample scenarios below:

  • Someone attempts to break into your house through a door or a window – immediate detection, loud alarm and SMS alerts can protect your home.
  • Someone is on the terrace or balcony, checking out your home for intrusion. His presence is detected and alarm + email/SMS alerts are raised even before he touches the door, preventing potential intrusion and loss.
  • The above alerts are also raised at the security office of your apartment complex, you’re your apartment details, prompting immediate investigation by trained security staff.
  • Gas leak, smoke or fire detection enables timely corrective action to prevent damage to your property and save your loved ones.
  • Your aged parent has some problem; he/she can just press a button on a small device on her wrist or neck to raise the SMS alert for you, and to your neighbor, security staff, doctor etc.
  • You start playing a movie on your home theater – immediately the curtains draw and lights dim to create the ideal ambience for you to enjoy the movie.
  • Someone rings the door bell –you are alerted wherever you are, you can see who is at the door and even open the door for him from your office or anywhere.
  • It is 6:30am in the morning – the Home Automation system automatically plays suprabhatam, draws the curtains in your bedroom to wake you up in a soothing manner; and also switches on the water heater for your shower.
  • You open the toilet door and the lights come on automatically; and, they switch off after you leave! Convenience and power savings combined.
  • You can switch on the AC in your bedroom before you leave office or as you approach your home, so that the room is cooled before you reach home.
  • Many, Many more scenarios are possible.

So, you are getting interested, but some doubts linger – Let me address them:

Q: I like it, but can I afford it?
A: Home Automation packages start as low as Rs 18,000/=

Q: Is it too difficult to use?

A: You get a variety of interfaces to chose from – Touchscreens, Remote controls, Keypads, Laptops, wireless switches – you chose the interface that you like best. Older people can even have physical switches while younger people use their smartphones.

Q: What if the Home Automation system breaks down? Will I lose my lights and be in darkness
A: With the right Home Automation system, basic functionality such as lighting control and security will work even in the remote occurrence of the controller breaking down.

Q: I have already moved into my apartment. Can I install the Home Automation system in it without chipping walls or having ugly cables all over?

A: Yes, you can definitely retrofit without chipping walls; provided you chose a wireless Home Automation system.

Q: Can I start small (maybe with security) and grow incrementally as I get more comfortable or as I can spend more later?
A: Yes, you can; provided you chose a wireless Home Automation system.

Q: What if my needs change? Can the Home Automation system easily address my future needs?
A: The mood setting and other scenes are configured in the controller and can be changed easily to adapt to your changing needs. Lighting control can be changed easily without any cabling changes if you have gone for a wireless Home Automation system.

Q: Who should I talk to?
A: There are people offering cheap solutions and those offering very expensive ones.

Q: How do I chose?
A: Talk to Home Automation providers who understand the technology, can configure the system and integrate it with other components, while keeping it all simple for you. Ensure that the Home Automation system covers all aspects of Home Automation (security, safety, lighting etc) in an integrated manner, even if you don’t need it all today. Avoid fly-by-night operators who tempt you with a ‘cheap’ product. Check if the product is standards based – proprietary products tie you down and cut down your choices. Say no to wires, even if your home is under construction. Go with a wireless Home Automation system that is based on global standards and offers various advantages (some discussed above).

We hope this article has helped you understand what is Home Automation, what it does for you and how you can go about getting one for yourself without breaking your FDs. So, go ahead – go beyond thought and into HOME AUTOMATION action!!


This article aims at providing information for benefit of ApnaComplex customers and blog readers. The author of this article, Mr. P.S. Hariharan, is co-founder of ZeeSense Systems Pvt Ltd (www.zeesense.com), a Bangalore based provider of Comprehensive, Integrated, Cost effective Wireless Home Automation systems based on world standard Zigbee Pro technologies. ZeeSense also provides wireless security, safety, lighting and other custom automation solutions for commercial and industrial segments. Mr. Hariharan can be reached at: hariharan at zeesense dot com, 9845186610.


Want to manage your apartment easily and financials transparently in your Housing Society? – Get on to ApnaComplex – Today!

ApnaComplex is India’s #1 mobile and web based housing society accounting software.

ApnaComplex is designed to make the life of residents and owners lot better by bringing in more transparency and accountability in managing a housing society. Check out why we say ApnaComplex is Best Apartment Management Software and sign up your society today to get the benefits! We offer ApnaComplex – Free Edition with awesome capabilities which you can use free of cost forever.


Apartment Complex Events – Celebrating Colors with the Kite Festival

Makar Sankranti, which falls in mid January, is celebrated in several ways across apartment complex communities in India. Essentially a harvest festival, it is known as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Sankranti in Karnataka and Uttarayan in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Makar Sankranti celebrates the arrival of warmer days after a cold and dark winter. It is also supposed to be the day when the Gods awake from a long six-month long slumber. Gujaratis and Rajasthanis celebrate the arrival of the warmer days with a colorful kite flying festival.

Given that Makar Sankranti is celebrated in some form or the other all across India, it is a good idea to celebrate it in your apartment complex, and a kite flying festival is the best way to ensure that people from all age groups join enthusiastically in the celebrations. After all, who can resist flying a colorful kite?Celebrating Colours

Celebrating the Kite Festival in Your Apartment Complex


(i) A Day Long Affair: The kite flying festival can be converted into a day-long affair where residents of the complex mingle and socialize with each other. The day can be divided into three sessions – the morning kite flying session, a community lunch and then the night time kite flying session.  However, before organizing the festival, ensure that participation is high by giving people sufficient notice. Chalk out the program details well in advance and circulate it among the residents.

(ii) Buying The Kites: Your housing society can also look into placing bulk orders for the kites. It may be difficult for the busy residents to spare time to go shopping for kites. Senior, retired residents of the apartment complex can be given the responsibility of selecting and placing bulk orders for kites. This will make life easier for the busier residents and will ensure greater participation. Senior residents will also enjoy the responsibility. A donation drive can be launched well in advance in order to raise funds to buy the kites. Be sure to order the famous ‘lantern kites’ for the night session.

(iii) Kite Flying Competitions: Each kite flying session can be divided into two parts. The first part can be non-competitive, where residents fly kites for the sheer joy of seeing the sky fill up with a colorful collection of kites. After this, you can get started on the serious business of competitive kite flying, Arrange the residents into teams and have a faceoff between them.

(iv) A Community Lunch: Once the morning kite flying session is completed, most people will be ready for a hearty lunch. Given the occasion, it makes sense to have a traditional spread. Food is a major part of the Makar Sankranti celebrations and it would be ideal to have a dish from each part of the country.

(v) The Lantern Kites: The session at night where the glow of the lantern kites lights up the sky will be a fitting finale to the day.

Celebrating the kite festival in the apartment complex is a good way to de-stress and to make children understand our customs and traditions.


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Decision to go ahead with ApnaComplex was one of the best we have taken

What better way to start a New Year than receiving words of praise and satisfaction from a customer! Its even more special if the customer has selected ApnaComplex after thorough evaluation with similar portals and have using it for more than nine months. Here is a solid testimonial for ApnaComplex from Mr. Shantanu Chaudary, Treasurer of Balaji Pristine Apartments, Bangalore

We did our evaluation on an online portal which brings in real value and was easy to use and zeroed in on Apnacomplex. I must also say while there are other portals too but the way ApnaComplex Team handles client does makes a difference. They make it easy for the client to take a decision.

Coming to the portal, I must say it has eased out the biggest pain area of treasury, raising bills, payments etc and I am sure will be of great value during the year end audit process. While we have not explored a lot of additional features to its potential, I must say the decision to go ahead with ApnaComplex was one of the best we have taken.

To top it all, the book keeping services has been a great value addition. Great going ApnaComplex Team. All the best.

Regards..Shantanu/Treasurer Balaji Pristine

Thank you Mr. Shantanu! We would continue to work towards adding more value in 2013 with all the inspiration we have now with your words!


Want to manage your apartment easily and financials transparently in your Housing Society? – Get on to ApnaComplex – Today!

ApnaComplex is India’s #1 mobile and web based Apartment Management Software.

ApnaComplex is designed to make the life of residents and owners lot better by bringing in more transparency and accountability in managing a housing society. Check out why we say ApnaComplex is Best Apartment Management Software and sign up your society today to get the benefits! We offer ApnaComplex – Free Edition with awesome capabilities which you can use free of cost forever.