Please see below our pick of new features available this month. Many more features are available, although some features may not be applicable to your portfolio or may not be compatible with your current settings. Please see the features section for a full features listing. This months selected new features are:-
- Section 153 & Section 158 notices
- Automatic logout
- Record hotlinks
- Improvements to date fields
- Alternative demand remittance address per client
Section 153 & Section 158 notices
Following recent changes to legislation, users running block management portfolios will now be able to print additional notices with demands. The section 153 notice will print automatically with any demands which include service charges and the section 158 notice will print with any demands including administration charges. Information regarding the notices can be found on the links below.
Section 153: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/20071257.htm
Section 158: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/20071258.htm
Users who do not currently operate block management will notice that each tenant has automatically been defaulted to 'never print' the notices (therefore allowing them to opt to print the notices for new tenants should they obtain block management in the future), while users with mixed portfolios are able to choose per tenant whether the notices should print. As this option has been implemented to reflect changes in legislation it has been included in the system as a global option.
The system will now automatically log users out of the system if it is not in use. This may prove to be a valuable time saving feature for networked users who have commented in the past that colleagues leave the system open, preventing them from entering the system if the maximum number of accesses are in use.
The fields on each record have been organised into collapsible groups which can be expanded or collapsed by clicking onto the group headings (hotlinks). This allows you to design your records to show the fields you wish to see on a regular basis. This can be designed per machine, allowing individual users to view only the information that is relevant to them.
You are able to easily expand or collapse all groups by right clicking anywhere on the screen, or opt to print the information from the screen which will take into account expanded and collapsed groups.
Improvements to date fields
We have improved date fields throughout the system to make entering information more efficient. As well as entering dates in the usual dd/mm/yyyy or dd/mm/yy format there are now many more functions available - more details coming soon.
Alternative demand remittance address per client
As standard, demands print a remittance slip displaying the name and address of which payment should be sent to, which is typically the address of the managing agent. Following recent requests from our users, the system now caters for tenants who pay directly to the landlord by allowing you to setup an alternative remittance address on the client record.
All of the options listed above are available free of charge to all users currently subscribing to Software Support (subject to compatibility with your current settings). If you would like to discuss any of the options or request an option to be included on your next update, please speak to Support.