RentHQ can now integrate with Microsoft’s OneDrive.
This works the same as the existing Dropbox integration. All attachment files are sent to your OneDrive account automatically every time you add a new attachment. Also like Dropbox, you can set up an automatic database backup to your OneDrive account on a scheduled basis.
To set up OneDrive integration, go to the Functions => Setup => Options menu and choose the Dropbox/OneDrive tab and choose to allow RentHQ integration.
Note that you can only use Dropbox or OneDrive, but not both. You also cant switch Dropbox or OneDrive accounts after they have been created.
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A new function called Business Entities has been created.
A business entity is an organisation owned by the RentHQ account owners. For example if you are a property manager, then your property management business would be a business entity. For a landlord who has a company or a trust or properties in their own name, each of those would be a Business Entity in RentHQ.
The purpose of creating business entities is to allow separate reporting for each business entity. For people who only have 1 business entity, this new function has no effect on you.
With the creation of Business Entities, the previous <General> property which you find on the cashbook screen has been replaced with the business entity name. So if you have multiple business entities, you would have multiple <General> type properties.
You can create or rename entities using the Functions/Setup/Business Entities menu option.
Attachments in RentHQ have been enhanced to allow you to quickly view the existing attachment images without opening each attachment one at a time. This is done using the new Gallery View option.
At the bottom of the attachments screen below the list is 2 new options labelled ‘List View’ and ‘Gallery View’. List view is always the default selected option. Clicking the Gallery View option will add a small image into each row, as long as that row is in fact an image. Other files such as PDF files will just show a blank space.
The new server is up and running already at https://www.RentHQ.co. A few test accounts and the demo account is already using it.
The new server should offer increased stability and reliability. The new server is the Microsoft Windows Azure server, which means it is run and managed by one of the largest IT companies in the world.
For the most part you wont even notice the move. You will still be able to log in from either the old RentHQ.net or the new RentHQ.co web sites. The software has been redesigned to automatically determine which server your account is on, and will talk to the appropriate server behind the scenes. This includes existing logins for landlords, tenants and contractors. The exception is the mobile managers login. After your account has been moved, when you try to log in from the wrong server, you will be given instructions to go to the appropriate web site to continue logging in.
To minimise disruption, accounts will be moved across one at a time over the coming weeks. Smaller accounts with no attachments or who use dropbox for their attachments will be moved first.
RentHQ has a new report called Vacancy Days, which lists each property, and prints the number of days it has been vacant as well as a total vacancy days percentage. You get to choose the date range to analyse. This report is found under Analysis Reports on the reports screen.
This is great for finding out which properties are under or over performing.
The report automatically excludes any property which has never had a tenant. It also ignores the time prior to the first tenant moving in. For example you may choose to run the report for the last 10 years, but one property was only acquired 1 year ago. The report is not going to say that property has been vacant for 9 years.
Google maps is great for looking up property addresses. RentHQ already uses Google maps for displaying the location of a property on a map. However the accuracy of the map is dependent on the accuracy of the address information entered into RentHQ.
Now RentHQ will do an automatic google maps address lookup when entering or changing property addresses. RentHQ will show a list of address lookup matches, and you can choose to select one of those addresses to help populate the rest of the address information.
You can choose to ignore the google maps address if a match can not be found, for example if this is a new property address that google maps does not know about.
Note – this works better and faster with the Windows 10 app version of RentHQ. The app version would therefore be better of doing a lot of data entry.
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A new update has been released which only affects the Windows 10 app version of RentHQ. A number of people have provided feedback on the Windows 10 app usability, so this update is to address those issues.
The scrolling tabs used in windows 10 have been replaced with something that now looks a lot more like the Silverlight browser version of the tabs.
The scrolling date picker has been replaced with a date picker that again looks a lot more like the browser version. This is the old school calendar date picker.
The drop down combo box now behaves more like the browser version as well. You can start typing the first few characters of the thing you want to select and it will find the closest match.
As a windows 10 user, I think you will find these changes are easier to use. The scrolling behaviour found in Windows 10 is better suited to touch screens, however RentHQ is more likely to be used with a mouse than a touch screen.