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  • Technology

    Favourite apps and software recommendations

    What softwarer or apps could your letting business not do without?  What has changed your Landlord life?

    I discovered the 'Scannable' app recently and it's great.  It scans directly from your smartphone and can upload into your files in the cloud.  Give it a try if you haven't.

    So what do you love????

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    I am not a big fan of self promotion.

    However we have our own iOS app that we built for doing credit checks https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/validid-...1117982327 whilst it is obviously built for ID documents you can actually use it for any number of other documents you wish to capture.

    Main benefit is, it encrypts the image as soon as it is captured so there is no risk of data being compromised, you do need to consider this especially with clients paperwork, if it is not kept secure it could be a breach of the Data Protection Act. The Passport and Driving licence can be read by the system for carrying out the checks, meaning you don't have to type the clients details in, but all of the other documents are stored securely against the client record.

    You do have to have an account on our system but the app is free to use, you only pay if you want to do a check on the client. Free accounts can be set up for anyone that wants to have a play to see if it fits.

    Android and Windows are in production now.

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    Landlord with 25 years’ experience in the property market and a specialist in tenant referencing, ID and credit screening. Creator of identity, credit and anti-money laundering system ValidID.co.uk

    Slack

    Hello Sign

    Google Drive

    Xero

    These for me are huge! I use Slack to talk to my VA and my bookkeeper, my VA does all the spare room searching and she can speak with the lady who does my viewings and process all of that via the above Wink I have a receipts channel too on slack pop a pic of the receipt on the channel bookkeeper gets it and reconciles it in Xero!

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    Thanks for that. I'll look into all that. Curious about your use of a VA.  U.K. Based or overseas? Does it work well for you? I imagine it takes some really planning re which tasks etc.

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    Overseas, works really well for me.

    I went through all the tasks I did on a daily, weekly then monthly basis and then started to write the tasks down with screenshots and then started to outsource them.

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    Thanks Ryan.  Hope you don't mind me asking more questions. What is your source if VA and what sort of tasks? Thanks. I'm interested in trying this. Can you start small and build up? What does it cost?   Please just point me to a website if appropriate. Thanks.

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    Free stuff:

    Linux rather than Windoze: Faster, MUCH cheaper, more secure overall..

    The various free alternatives to Microsoft Office....

    GIMP (no, really) - does pretty much what Photoshop does, no charge, runs on Linux macOS, Windoze.....

    etc etc etc etc

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    That was thanks and a smiley face which turned into a ? for some reason. My apologies.

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    Hey Cheryl,

    Also not a fan of self-promotion, but given this is very specific, please check out our business HeyLandlord .

    I think you will find its the ultimate way to communicate with Tenants and contractors Smile

    Currently free for our initial user community. This offer won't last however!

    Feel free to drop me an email should you have any questions: tom@heylandlord.co

    Happy renting Smile

    Tom Townsend

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