Pitfalls of Cash Transactions in an Apartment Complex

Maintenance collection is a task that recurs every month. Committee members need to ensure that each unit in the apartment complex pays what is due and is done so in a timely manner. This is a long undertaking in itself. However, in many cases, these transactions are made in cash. While this is convenient in many cases and helps clear any immediate payments that need to be made, cash transactions come with a few pitfalls that are not easy to ignore.

Inefficiency
The time of maintenance payment sees a lot of activity within an apartment complex. Often, the committee members have to knock on individual doors to collect the dues. In other cases, the residents flock to the committee office to make the payments. Payments also need to be eventually collected and recorded from the defaulters. This takes up a lot of time from the committee member’s schedule.

Safety concerns
One of the main concerns with cash transactions is safety. When there are multiple units within an apartment complex, the amount of cash that is exchanged is a considerable sum. This opens up the possibility of misplacing or miscounting the amount. It also makes it open to theft. Further, the cash collected needs to be physically deposited in a bank. Driving around the streets with a large amount of cash can even put you at risk.

Inaccuracy
With an influx of cash payments, it falls on the committee members to ensure that the amount is recorded and reconciled. In an absence of an automated system, it has to be done manually. This leaves room for human error. The issue further extends even to cheque payments. In case of a bounced cheque, bookkeeping becomes long and tedious and prone to errors.

With tools like ApnaComplex, maintenance collections can be made almost effortless. It also sends out reminders for payments and draws out a defaulters list. ApnaComplex also offers a one of a kind and convenient Collection Gateway where members can do a NEFT/IMPS transfer of their maintenance dues to a unique “Account Number” issued by ApnaComplex. With Collection Gateway, ledgers are updated automatically with details of the amount transferred by the member and payment receipts are issued automatically. This eliminates the need for cash transactions and manual effort by the treasurer or accounts office. Going cashless has never been easier!


Collection Gateway – Smart way of paying Housing Society Dues

Collection Gateway is a unique solution offered by ApnaComplex to make a Housing Society collections 100% Cashless.  Collection Gateway was launched in later part of 2015 and is now used by thousands of apartments every month to pay  their maintenance and other dues to the society.

Customers using Collection Gateway have immensely benefited from

(a) Automated Receipt issuance for IMPS/NEFT payments made by members

(b) Lower convenience charges (and almost negligible) compared to Payment Gateway

(c) Zero Suspense Entries in the Society’s Bank Account

Societies adopting Collection Gateway shall see the benefits instantly. The efforts put in by treasurer drops by close to 90%. For societies using an accountant to manage book – Collection Gateway saves significant efforts as the following activities are eliminated:

(a) Responding to member’s queries on the payment they have made but receipt was not yet issued

(b) Checking Bank statement every other day to issue receipts

(c) Sending Notices to Owners/Residents on Suspense Deposit Entries in the Society’s Bank Account

(d) Easy/Automated publishing of Defaulters Report as the report is always accurate without any manual intervention

(e) Automated Email/SMS/Push Reminders to Follow up on Defaulters

In short Collection Gateway helps in reducing your society maintenance efforts and thus the Society Maintenance Charges.

Best of all, Collection Gateway works with your existing Bank Account of the society and existing Bank Accounts of the Members. There is NO NEED to open a new Bank account – either by Society or by Members.

Please refer to our Collection Gateway page for more details.

Reach out to us to adopt Collection Gateway and save both Costs and Efforts.


new year resolution

5 Ways To Decide On A New Year Resolution That Doesn’t Need Work

It’s that time of the year when almost everyone around you is coming up with ways of making the incoming year more productive. Some people have been planning their new year resolutions since the latter half of the year. Piling on one promise after another with a failed attempt at each is not the way to go, is it? Well, ApnaComplex is happy to lend a helping hand. Here are 5 easy new year resolutions in case you haven’t got on to the ‘change is good’ wagon yet. Trust us, these are more helpful than you’d know.

 

  • Save water –

With all the global warming signs getting bigger and bigger, doing your bit for the planet will only make you feel good about the next year. Tracking water usage levels and avoiding water wastage is one option. ApnaComplex provides you with Water Monitor, a water tracking app that allows you to track the volume of water being used by your society. A plus point is that it tracks the billing as per water usage too. Find out more about Water Monitor here.

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  • Avoid preventable theft –

This one leans towards those who have faced theft issues in the past. Why offer a chance when there doesn’t have to be one? One aspect of this problem is vehicle theft. ApnaComplex’s solution to that is Vehicle Sentry, a vehicle tracking system that lets you stay aware of your vehicle’s whereabouts. Know more about Vehicle Sentry here.

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  • Family safety –

For all those who believe that safety in any form can never be enough, ApnaComplex has Gatekeeper, a visitor tracking app. Gatekeeper lets you know about your visitor beforehand and lets you verify their entry. Be aware of who knocks on your door. Stay alert with Gatekeeper here.

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  • Spend less –

Everyone can cash in on this new year resolution. Spending less is never an idea that is unwelcome. One way of going about with this is by holding less change in your pockets and using cashless services. Collection Gateway by ApnaComplex is another such service that lets you pay maintenance dues via NEFT or RTGS. Here’s why Collection Gateway should be your new year resolution this year.

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  • Make lives easier –

Why not have an easy management system in place for those who work hard at settling the books in your society? Get some good karma under your belt by getting ApnaComplex for your society. Keep track of reminders, bill and maintenance payments and vendors of your society in a more automated manner. This is one of the most easiest ways of fulfilling a new year resolution, don’t you think?

new year resolution

 

So, this time, let’s all make a promise to ourselves to move forward with the new year resolutions we choose. Good luck chasing the new life!


Launching India’s first Collection Gateway for Housing Societies to automate NEFT Collections

We know how critical Maintenance Due collection is to your Housing Society.
And we also know how much more troublesome it is to reconcile NEFT payments made by members!

Usual troubles include – Members transferring funds and do not update the records, you have to wait for bank statement to be able to issue receipts, bank statements does not have name or flat numbers, suspense entries etc. – the issues are endless resulting in delay in book-keeping, calculating penalty, issuing receipts, publishing defaulters.

Its far too common in almost every society to send a list of “Suspense” NEFT transactions to the entire community asking members to identify their payment.

We are launching India’s first “Collection Gateway” for Housing Societies – where receipts are auto-issued by ApnaComplex when the member does NEFT transfer! A member need not even login into the portal or send mails to society office indicating the payment – ApnaComplex magically knows when the NEFT is done, makes accounting entries and issues the receipt to the member! A comprehensive end-to-end integrated solution.

Zero work for treasurer in issuing/reconciling NEFT receipts.  Zero Suspense Entries.  100% Automation.

For those members who prefer to pay using Credit Cards / Debit Cards we already have Payment Gateway.

With help of both Collection Gateway and Payment Gateway – members have more choices to pay and treasurers have more time to play!

Its high time your managing committee spends their week ends with Family than struggling with NEFT reconciliations and issuing receipts.

Contact us and get rid of your maintenance due collection worries!