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Five Quick Tips about Better Apartment Management

quick-tips-271x300 Apartment management is becoming one of the most challenging jobs, with growing sizes of apartment complexes in India. With most of the members offering a voluntary service to their apartment residents as a management committee member, the personal life of an individual gets quite affected in dealing with apartment maintenance issues.

At times it becomes difficult for new management committee members to understand which areas to concentrate on to offer their residents a superior experience of staying in the apartment.  Five quick tips for management committee members for better apartment management are: 

Automate Society Billing & AccountingFinancial matter often becomes a bone of contention between committee members. Accounting and book keeping, income and expense tracking, penalty calculation should be streamlined as soon as possible. Try to reduce your reconciliation efforts and try to 100% automate your billing and collection effort. The best option is to employ a software that incorporates tools such as Income Tracking, Penalty Calculation, Maintenance Charges Payment Reminders, Metered Utilities and Payment Gateway offering significant effort reduction without disturbing your current accounting practices and to help you in better apartment management.

Resolve Resident Complaints Efficiently – Resident complaint management is one of the toughest areas one has to deal with as a management committee member. Ensure you set up a system as soon as possible for central tracking of resident complaints, suggestions and requests. The whole process of residents filing a complaint and committee members resolving and closing the issue needs to be automated. Use a software that will help you track the complaints at various stages with an auto escalation mechanism to escalate unresolved complaints. This will increase the resident satisfaction and enhance their faith in the management committee.  

Communicate effectively with your Community – Effective communication with your community is very important. Use community collaboration tools to post notices and reach out to everyone, securely share photos of community events within the society, have healthy discussion on any topic via discussion forums, send important messages/emails to other committee members or residents. Create and publish articles like Policy on Pets, Waste Management Guidelines, Diwali Celebration Tips, and Monthly Newsletter for residents – the list is just endless. For better apartment management, it will be an intelligent move to use a software that offers the facility to use all these communication tools at one go and create a strong communication link with your community.

Manage Apartment Facilities & Staff Smartly – Residents often complaint about how the apartment facilities are not maintained well by maintenance staff etc. Save yourself from the pain of manually overlooking asset tracking, inventory management, parking lot management, maintenance staff and service staff management. Offer superior experience to residents by empowering them to book an apartment facility online! Maintain a central record of visitors visiting your apartment for security purposes. Managing and keeping a check on all the above mentioned areas is a herculean task. What you need is an apartment management software that does it all for you and help you manage all apartment facilities smartly.

Proficiently manage society data – Maintain directory of owners, residents and flats in your apartment in a systematic manner for reaching out to them easily. Maintain list of office bearers and committee members for communicating with them in an effective manner. Centralize all your society data in one place for your own convenience. Create an online presence for your complex and provide details such as amenities available, directions, location of the complex to visitors or interested parties outside the complex.

It’s time for you to move away from countless number of confusing spreadsheets and remember to become a management committee member you don’t need to learn about accounting and facility management anymore. A good apartment management software can do all that for you. What you need to focus on is creating an inclusive culture so that residents collaborate with you to manage your apartment in a better manner.

Don’t just be a complex, be a smart apartment complex. Get your Society on ApnaComplex.com – Today for free!


How technology ended the door to door maintenance collection saga?

Door-to-door maintenance collection

Door-to-door maintenance collection

The vicious cycle of maintenance calculation, payment dues, reminders and door-to-door maintenance collections kept most of the apartment management associations on their toes a few years back.

Keeping a track of the defaulters, reminding the defaulters to pay the maintenance and then finally collecting the same made the already difficult job of managing an apartment even tougher for the apartment associations. Also, since there was no way of ensuring whether a resident has read a maintenance fee reminder notice posted on the apartment notice board, the only way out for the RWA (Resident Welfare Association) was to reach out to residents and collect maintenance on a door-to-door basis. This was a highly painful and a time consuming process. In addition, one had to depend excessively on manpower for this activity, which increased the costs as well.

Thanks to technology, long gone are the days when apartment management associations were reaching out to residents on a one-to-one basis to collect maintenance. Management associations now use sophisticated apartment management software to simplify their maintenance collection process to an extent of a single mouse click!

One of the misconceptions that most of the apartment management associations had was about apartment management software being very costly. This misconception was cleared, when a lot of apartments started using ApnaComplex, a cost-effective subscription-based leading apartment management software with zero hardware costs and an ongoing support. The cost of the software is directly proportional to the number of units an apartment has, making it more economical than ever for the apartment management associations.

How apartment management software helps the management associations in timely collections?

Timely reminder for payments – The apartment management software instead of sending reminders to each and every resident one by one, empowers the management association to now send automatic reminders to all residents at one go via email/SMS. Residents don’t mean to default on maintenance payments, it’s their hectic schedules and absence of a mechanism to remind them in a timely manner that makes them miss out on submitting the maintenance charges on time. A reminder system reduces the default rate up to a great extent.

Ease of paying maintenance charges – The software comes with a payment gateway that empowers the residents to make their payments online and directly crediting the amount to society’s bank account. The payment can be made via credit/debit card or net banking as per resident’s convenience. This eases the residents from the whole ordeal of coming to the society office just to drop a cheque or pay in cash and in the same time saves the management association from the entire reconciliation effort.

Reduces manpower costs– The software automates the entire process of collections and reduces the requirement of any manpower for collections. The notices/reminders are sent in a timely and periodic manner to the residents and there is absolutely no requirement for a person to conduct door-to-door collections or inform residents about payment defaults.

Filter the list of defaulters – The apartment management software enables the management association to filter the list of defaulters. The entire process gets automated and a list of residents whose maintenance payments are due can be easily drawn out along with the penalty to be charged from them. This helps the management association to identify the exact number of defaulters to be contacted. Emails/SMS to be sent out to defaulters is also automated through this software reducing the manual work up to a great extent.

Meets expectations of both apartment management association and residents – A lot of times a warning message posted on the apartment notice board about maintenance default provokes residents to get into a verbal spat with the management associations. A timely reminder via SMS/email can cause lesser disputes, higher collections for management associations and lesser defaults on behalf of residents ensuring their harmonious living in the apartment.

Sun City Apartment Owners Association (SAOA) managing an apartment of 1200+ apartment units revealed that using ApnaComplex, a cost-effective subscription based apartment management software has led to a quicker collection cycle and much lesser defaulters in their apartment. It has enabled online payments with about 55% payments now happening online reducing the manual effort of reconciliation up to a great extent. The association now has a much clearer view on individual resident account and collection of long pending dues has been possible only because of ApnaComplex.

Maintaining a full-time staff or volunteers who lack expertise/time while dealing with maintenance collections or collecting default payments can become a very expensive as well as tiresome process. Use apartment management software to relieve your association from the painful process of door-to door maintenance collections today!

Log onto www.apnacomplex.com for more information


ApnaComplex announces exclusive partnership with HomeConnectOnline

ApnaComplex.com – India’s leading platform for Apartment Management announces exclusive partnership with HomeConnectOnline.com – India’s first of it’s kind market place for lifestyle services.

With this partnership, ApnaComplex would be able to offer 600+ local services to residents of Apartment Complexes and Gated Communities using ApnaComplex platform. Apartment Owners and Residents would benefit from this partnership as they get exclusive attractive discounts and unique services not found otherwise easily.  The partnership also provides HomeConnectOnline.com a ready user base of over 100,000 homes who can avail the services offered.Benefits due to bulk orders from the same community to a local service provider shall be passed back to the apartment residents by HomeConnectOnline as discounts or as reward points that can be redeemed or even reduce the maintenance dues to be paid to the society!

Raja Sekhar Kommu – ApnaComplex.com co-founder says, “We are always committed to leverage technology for benefits of Apartment Owners, Residents and Managing Committees. We are a leader in innovating in this space with our solutions like Tablet based Help desk, Gatekeeper for Apartment Resident ID and Visitor Tracking apart from several other Society Accounting features. The partnership with HomeConnectOnline.com is yet another innovation that our customers will truly benefit from. Sourcing quality Service Providers and bringing them online onto a platform, ensuring connect between consumer and the provider of the services is a specialist work and requires a different organisation mindset and the culture. By partnering with HomeConnectOnline.com, we are now able to offer these services to our customers while we continue to focus our energies on providing more solutions to Managing Committee members for Better Apartment Management. Its best of both worlds to our customers and we have no doubt they will benefit through this.”

Naveen Lakkur, CEO of HomeConnectOnline.com says, “with the mission of ‘Love All – Serve All’, HomeConnectOnline.com has evolved as an online platform for a householder to explore and engage with lifestyle services. We asked 100’s of young householders living in an apartment and we learnt from them that most of their household time went in looking for lifestyle services, predominantly in the Health, Wellness and Wellbeing segments. These services are highly fragmented, unorganised and they are local. Taking a pragmatic approach,HomeConnectOnline.com has been able to bring onboard interesting and useful services such has organic square foot balcony gardening, nursing at home, kids skill development programs, getting a new cooking gas connection, getting a  dental care treatment at home, organising a bhajan program at home or connecting with a vastu expert to name a few. In essence, I believe the combination of ApnaComplex.com and HomeConnectOnline.com is a twin power creating convenience to householders living in an apartment.”

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Soumyadeep Sur Grabs the ApnaComplex Ganesh Chaturthi Contest

Takes away Flipkart voucher worth Rs 1,000 by participating in the ApnaComplex Ganesh Chaturthi Contest.

Starting this week we ran an exciting Ganesh Chaturthi contest on our ApnaComplex Facebook page. It was an open contest for all. Participants had to tickle there brains, come up with an environmental friendly idea to celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi and post the same on our facebook and twitter pages. Soumyadeep Sur has provided the most practical Eco-Friendly idea, which is not just interesting but worth considering by all. ApnaComplex is excited to reward Soumyadeep Sur with a Flipkart Gift Voucher worth Rs 1,000.

The contest started on August 25, 2014 and concluded on August 28, 2014 at 2pm. We got some encouraging ideas from across which definitely shows that our fans are concerned about environmental safety. We would like to share few interesting ideas with all, you never know you might implement the same in the future. So lets hit it —

Detailing the celebration process

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Say no to colors and think of poor

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Ganesha loves food

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Art will speak it all

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Eco-friendly water Ganesha

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Why not Ganesha from the leaves

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Summing up for an environment friendly Ganesh Chaturthi celebration

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Ganesh – the Plant to worship

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Some Sincere Prayers to conclude

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It was indeed a very fruitful contest.

Did you miss this one, don’t worry we have our next one coming up right away. Share your Ganesh Celebration photos with us on our Facebook and the best photo can win exciting goodies from ApnaComplex.

ApnaComplex team wishes everyone a Very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

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Announcing Personalization of your Apartment Management Portal

Change color, menu style and widen the screen space of your apartment management portal today

‘Personalization’, new feature from ApnaComplex allows the community heads and apartment owners to customize the look and feel of their portal. Choose different colors for dashboard, choose a style for the drop down menu or increase your screen space.

Log-in to your complex portal, provided by ApnaComplex – your Apartment Management Software provider. An orange setting button on the right hand-side top corner allows you to customize and personalize your portal.

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On your click it will show you 3 options as shown below—

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Detailing the features

1.     Choose Skin

This option allows you to choose different colours for your portal. Just click the colour box and you will be allowed to choose one of the four colours for your dashboard. For example if I choose maroon colour then this is how my portal is going to look

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2. Submenu on Hover
This option will allow you to choose on how your sub-menu will appear, drop-down or hover(appearing sidewise) on a click. Choose to stay on the drop-down style without clicking the Submenu on Hover button. Check-out the ‘Forums’ sub-menu below

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Click the Submenu on Hover button to change the sub-menu style from drop-down to hover. Check-out the Forums hover style.

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3. Compact Sidebar

Increase your screen space with compact sidebar button.

The classic way – your left side menu bar appears the wider way

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Click Compact Sidebar button and you get a wider screen space. Check your left side menubar, it gets collapsed. With this option the Sub-menu on Hover also gets selected automatically helping you in maintaining the wider screen space.

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So what are you waiting for?

Log-in now and personalize your portal.

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Add Frequently used Pages to ‘Apna Favorites’, Access them Quicker at your Apartment Management Portal

Mark your Favorites of the many Features provided by ApnaComplex, Access them Faster and Save Time.

  • Are you the treasurer or from accounts office, frequently accessing a specific screens like Bank Reconciliation, or Approve Member Payment screens etc?
  • Are you responsible for managing the facilities and more frequently log complaints or view action items?
  • Are you responsible for handling the online notice board of your complex?

Do these set of activities fall into your kitty and you frequently visit these pages?, then just add them to your ‘Apna Favorites’ tab and access them quicker.

Its easy to get lost at times in the vast set of functionality ApnaComplex offers. Its not uncommon for us to keep getting support calls only to find out how to navigate to a particular functionality. The newly introduced ‘Apna Favorites’ functionality now allows you to access your more frequently used pages on your Apartment Management Portal, provided by ApnaComplex – the Society Billing and Accounting Software for apartment complexes, quickly.

It takes you just one click to add your frequently used page to ‘Apna Favorites’. You can add more than one page into the Apna Favorites tab. Lets have a detailed look

Identify your frequently used page which may usually take 3-4 clicks for you to reach there. Click the ‘Star’ button in the tool bar located on the top right hand-side of your apartment complex portal.

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A pop-up window will appear and allow you to name the page with your favorite word that best suits you to remember the page. Give a name and click ‘Save’. Like I named the ‘Log a new complaint’ page as ‘New Complaint’ and saved it. 

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Similarly, you can add any number of pages to the ‘Apna Favorites’ tab.

Now you can quickly access these anytime from the ‘Apna Favorites’ tab located on your left hand-side dashboard. Just click the Apna Favorites button and you will see all your added pages there.

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Click on your favorite page from the sub-menu and it will lead you that page. Like when you click ‘Complex Facility’ it leads you to that page

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It is time you define your favorites and reduce the extra time you use to spend searching for a frequently used page.

Go ahead and favorite it.

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Suncity Apartment Owners Assocation of 1200+ Apartments benefits using AnpaComplex Apartment Management Software

55% of maintenance due payments are now online, 10,000+ Resident issues solved through ApnaComplex Apartment Management Software during the Year, – says SAOA IT Enablement Team

ApnaComplex is always in the verge of offering and developing smarter ways to address the growing issues in handling the apartment complex operations, through its apartment management software. Our team got an adrenalin rush and a sense of satisfaction when we received a ‘Big Thank You’ from one of our premium customers – Suncity Apartments (a 1200+ flat landmark and mega complex in Bangalore) this Independence Day.

SAOA Appreciation Certificate

Suncity Apartments have started using ApnaComplex from Aug 15th 2013. Suncity has selected ApnaComplex after thoroughly evaluating several solutions in the market (the evaluation itself was one of the most comprehensive we have experienced). Exactly one year later they sent us the below note of appreciation along with a certificate. The note very neatly sums up how ApnaComplex was able to help them in various aspects of apartment management and how we made a difference.

Its a proud moment for all of us at ApnaComplex to receive this note and certificate – there is surely no award that is bigger than a award from a customer.

Dear ApnaComplex Team,

Suncity Apartment Owners Association (SAOA) wishes a very happy Independence Day to entire Apnacomplex team.

SAOA implemented Apnacomplex exactly 1 year back. Looking back in this one year we achieved

  • Rollout to entire Suncity (1200+ Apartments)
  • Managing 10,000+ resident issues through Apnacomplex
  • More than 55% payments today happening online i.e reduced effort
  • Quicker collection cycle, less defaulters
  • Got rid of thousands of Excel and Tally. Complete finance is driven by ApnaComplex.
  • Clarity on individual resident account and collection of long pending dues
  • Streamlined vendor payments
  • Tracking of staff attendance using bio metric module.
  • Availability of information anytime/anywhere.

Specifically, we would like to mention  flexibility that Apnacomplex has shown when it came towards a specific requirement of Suncity  or enhancement or support. We consider Apnacomplex as our IT partner and looking forward for many more years of fruitful association.  As we mature, we would like ApnaComplex to consider and implement some new scenarios where we can act as SME to take this partnership to a new high.

A big “Thank You” to the entire team.

Sanjay Kr Datta – SAOA IT Enablement Team

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Apartment Management Software Update: Enhanced Action Item Tracker

We just released a significant enhancement to the Action Item tracking module – part of ApnaComplex’s Apartment Management Software.

The action item tracker in ApnaComplex is a central place where things to be done get tracked – be it the Preventive Maintenance Schedules of the Assets or AMC Contract Renewal Reminders or a tracking an actionable out of a Committee Meeting – the tracker offers a simple yet powerful tool to the managing committee.

The tracker was originally conceived as a tool for committee members only to track their activities. Thus it is available to only those who have been assigned ‘Action Item Admin’ role in the portal. Any one who needs to be assigned an Action Item (AI) must be given the role of Action Item Admin.

Enhanced Action Item Tracker - Apartment Management Software

With the new enhancement, we are removing the restriction of assigning AIs only to Action Item Admins. An action item now can be assigned to any one with in the community – including Staff.

You can easily assign an action item to member/staff – just by typing few letters of their names or flat number or staff roles. This auto-suggest feature for member/staff names helps in cases of large complexes where the members run into thousands. The assignee can see AIs that are assigned only to her/him – update them or reassign them. A member/staff will not have access to even view Action items that are not assigned to her/him.

With this enhancement, it is now easy to assign action items to any one with out giving them the access to entire action item list.


Get your Society on ApnaComplex.com – Today!

ApnaComplex is India’s most mature and comprehensive apartment management software platform. The platform also includes Facility Management Software for Housing Societies to automate various aspects of society office – including Asset Management, Inventory Tracking, Staff Attendance Tracking etc. ApnaComplex is designed to make the life of secretary and estate managers lot better by reducing efforts put in towards administration of a housing society. Check out the features of ApnaComplex and sign up your society today to get the benefits! We offer a free 15-day trial as well so that you can try before you buy!


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.


ApnaComplex Management Tools Enhancement: Track Ownership History of every Flat/Villa

We have released a new tool as a part of Society Management Tool-set – ‘Ownership History’.

Resale of flats is a very common transaction in most housing societies and there is a need to track such re-sale or ownership change as it impacts the association member list. Quite a few societies charge the new owners a ‘Transfer Fees’.

ApnaComplex, the leading Apartment Management Software now has a new module just to track ownership changes. All along, ApnaComplex was able to track changes to resident data through the ‘Member Directory’ module. The new module exclusively focuses on Ownership Changes and to maintain the history of ownership of a given flat / villa.

Administrator can now add/delete/update Ownership Records to each flat. When adding a new Ownership Record, admin will have to enter the various new information like owner name, purchase / registration date and other information necessary to create the record. Any past dated or future dated records can be added as well. The system automatically considers the record with latest purchase date as the current owner. All records with past dates will continue to be there in the system and can looked up at any time.

Like with all other bulk upload features in ApnaComplex, Administrators can import data into the portal using an excel sheet (template provided) here as well! Makes life easy, doesn’t it?

Members will not be able to see these records and exclusive access is provided only to Administrators.

With the already existing features of Tenant Lease Management and ability to associate multiple documents to every flat / unit, the ownership tracking nicely fits into the society data management tool-set.

Head to Reports->Registers->Ownership Details to get started!


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.