Owners Consent for the Electronic Services of Notices and Documents

Rest Professional Version 18.5 introduces a new option on the Owner Detail screen to indicate an Owners preference on the electronic service of notices and other documents. 

When the new System Option is enabled, owners who have not consented to receive notices electronically will be excluded from email communication from the following areas:

  • Single or bulk emails
  • Inspection letters from the Inspection Planner
  • Owner reports and statements


This document will cover:


Changes to Existing Screens in Rest Professional 

System Options

A System Option has been added and when enabled, owners who have not consented cannot be emailed from Rest Professional and will be excluded from email processes. Leave the option disabled if you wish to prepare your data by updating the Electronic Consent status of your owners, before enforcing the use of the option.

To enable Owner Electroic Consent, go to: 

  1. Other > Utilities > System Options 
  2. "Other" tab > select Use "Enforce Electronic Consent for owner email"


Owner Master File

A drop down "Consented to the electronic service of notices" has been added to the Owner Master File, in the Contact section. The status can be changed at Owner contact level.

Prerequisites:

  • A valid email address must be saved before an owner's status can be changed to "Yes"
  • The email address must match the owner's nominated email address as per the signed consent form

The Electronic Consent options are:

  • Not Recorded (default)
  • Yes
  • No

Single Owner Email

When the Electronic Consent System Option is enabled:

  • When selecting the "Email" icon next to the owner's nominated email address, the email function will only be available for owners who have consented to the electronic service of notices 
  • When the tenant has not consented, a prompt will display and the email screen will not load


Reporting on Owner Electronic Consent

Files Changes Report

All changes made to an owner contact's Electronic Consent status will be recorded on the Files Changes Report

  • Reports > Other > File Changes 

Owner Electronic Consent Report 

A report is available to filter owners who have consented or declined electronic communications and also tenants whose profiles have not been updated with this setting. 

To access the Owner Electronic Consent Report, go to:

  • Reports > Owner > Consent for Electronic Notices

The report can be filtered by All, Note Recorded, Yes and No, as well as Contact Type - Primary, Lease, Accounts and Repairs.It displays the tenant contact's Alpha, Name, Email Address, Property Alpha, Contact Name, Consent Status and Last Update status date. 


Emailing Owner Reports and Statements 

Single reports 

When the Owner Electronic Consent System Option is enabled:

  • There is no change to existing functionality if the owner has consented to the electronic service of notices.
  • If the owner has not consented to the electronic service of notices, a prompt will display when emailing a report to a single owner by selecting the Email icon from the report Preview screen. When the prompt is dismissed, the Email options screen will continue to display to make another selection. 

Owner Statements 

When the Electronic Consent System Option is enabled:

•    Selecting the option to Send email statements when generating an owner statement will exclude owners who have not consented to the electronic service of notices


Bulk Email from Print Letters / Mail Merge & Export Data

Bulk Email from Print Letters / Mail Merge

When the Owner Electronic Consent System Option is enabled a new filter is available when creating merge letters for Owners.

  • The filter will default to All
  • When changing the filter to Yes, the results will only include owners who have consented to electronic service of notices
  • When changing the filter to No or Not Recorded, the results will only include owners who have not consented to electronic service of notices
  • When changing the Output type to Email, a prompt will display to automatically set the new filter to Yes

Export Data

When the Owner Electronic Consent System Option is enabled, a new filter is available when exporting data for Owner and Owner Contacts for all output types.

  • The filter will default to All
  • When changing the filter to Yes, the results will only include owners who have consented to electronic service of notices
  • When changing the filter to No or Not Recorded, the results will only include owners who have not consented to electronic service of notices


Effects on Inspection Planner 

When the Electronic Consent System Option is enabled:

  • There is no change to existing functionality if the owner has consented to the electronic service of notices
  • If the owner has not consented to the electronic service of notices, a prompt will display when selecting the Email checkbox screen against the owner in Inspection Planner 


File Smart Integration

When using File Smart with Rest Professional Version 18.5, the owner's consent status will be synchronised with File Smart Printmail when the System Option Enforce Electronic Consent Status for Owner Email is enabled.


Bulk Update Utility

The bulk update utility allows you to update the Owner Electronic Consent status of all your owners in one screen.

  • To access the bulk update utility, browse to Other > Utilities > Global Changes and select the Bulk Status Update tab
  • The screen will display all owners and the grid can be filtered by Electronic Consent status
  •  All columns in the grid can be sorted by click on the column header
  • Results in the grid can be updated in bulk before saving the changes to the File


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20/05/2020 11:22 am AEST

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