Resident was created by Kate Boyes, a Chartered Surveyor and property manager with a property career spanning 21 years establishing her own property management firm 15 years ago.
Through her work Kate recognised a need for a more cost-effective solution that modernises block management and makes it more accessible and transparent, and so Resident was born.
Kate has a first class honours degree in Land Management from the University of Reading specialising in Investment & Finance, and trained at Nelson Bakewell (now Capita Symonds), a Property Consultancy, in London. She qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2004, and is a Fellow & former Board member of ARLA.
Kates own property management company manages in excess of 3,000 units and has won Awards with the Times & Sunday Times & won Property Management Company of the Year at The Negotiator Awards.
The idea for Resident came in 2014 when I was running my own block management company and became completely frustrated at the lack of systems available to help me with my day to day property management at an affordable price.
My vision was to create one platform that handled everything – Accountancy, Company Secretary, Suppliers, Contractors, Works Orders, Section 20s, Compliance & Risk Assessments, Contact Information, Maps, Photos, Document storage, Insurance, Tasks and Reminders, and how about all the email messages sent every day to leaseholders?
In 2014 emailing leaseholders was not so much the norm as it is today however I wanted a forward thinking system that saved on postage, stationery and time. But it needed to be straightforward. The specification list for Resident was, and still is, endless and grows every day as we work with our clients to build THE system for managing agents, but five years later we are enjoying the journey building it for you.
We would love to discuss how Resident can help you Block Manage.
Please email me at email@example.com to have a chat about how we can help you.
KB – Founder
Meet our team
Kate Boyes FARLA MRICS
Kate has been letting and managing property for 15 years, she channeled this experience into designing Resident which launched in 2014. Kate has a first class honours degree in Land Management from the University of Reading specializing in Investment & Finance, and trained at Nelson Bakewell (now Capita Symonds), a Property Consultancy, in London. She qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2004, and is a Fellow of ARLA. She became a Board member of ARLA in June 2015.
Jon brings a wealth of experience to the Resident team, having spent the last 12 years working in the online property sector. He joins us from Zoopla, where as Key Account Director he was responsible for developing online marketing partnerships with UK estate agents, letting agents and property developers. As Regional Sales Manager for Rightmove, he also covered the Overseas market before moving to PropertyFinder to manage Major Accounts.
Michal Marek MSc
Michal has 7 years experience providing exceptional customer service. This was gained working for international corporations and local businesses. He approaches issues with a positive attitude which comes from the belief that if every problem has as reason, there must also be a solution for it. Michal has a Masters in Applied Mathematics which he completed at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Outside work he loves going for hiking trips and better still for trail runs.
Marek Czajkowski MA, PgD
Front End Developer
Frequently asked questions
All common questions about our online block management software solution are listed below. If you have any other queries, please contact one of the team.
There are different packages available for managing agents, who will be managing a large number of properties, and those who self-manage an individual block. Please refer to the Pricing page for details of the annual licence fees. There are no installation fees, no downloads and no fees per user, just one annual licence.
The system is intuitive and training is not required although can be provided if required.
Yes. All leaseholders with an email address will be emailed an invitation to access your blocks information on Resident. Once logged in they will be able to see all documents stored for the block (for e.g end of year accounts, insurance etc.) and their own individual leaseholder service charge account. The directors of the blocks management company will be able to view all information. Only the administrator has editing rights.All rights are fully configurable for each block.
You will need to have the following information.
- Companies House Company Number – this will auto populate with Companies House and pull through relevant data to get you started for each block
- The percentage each owner pays towards the service charge
- Details of each owner: name; address; phone numbers; email addresses
- Details for each tenants: name; address; phone numbers; email addresses
- List of shareholders & the date they became shareholders
- List of directors & dates they became directors
- Contact names and details of all suppliers/ contractors for the property
- Renewal dates for building and Directors & Officers liability insurance and the policy schedules for both
- Bank Account details for service charge account
- Opening balances for your bank account and each leaseholders service charge account
- Copies of the following to upload and save to the system: leases; Memorandum & Articles; Incorporation; last three years accounts and; Directors and Officers and building insurance policies
- You will need to delete cookies from your computer if you have received a demo so your computer forgets the demo log in details.
- Service Charge balancing reports
- Cashbook reports
- Nominal Detail reports
- Apportionment reports
- Expenditure reports
- Trial balance reports
- Creditors & Debtors reports
Bespoke financial reports can be created for Clients as an additional request.
Resident will save you time through: clever accounting features; calendar reminders; instant online communication between users and leaseholder and; approved local contractors at the click of a button.
Resident will save you money by: being better value and more intelligent than other block management software.
Resident will transform communication by: transferring communication online; providing an instant messaging service; bringing transparency to the whole process and; providing a voting tool so leaseholders can remotely reach decisions.
Resident will help you stay compliant through: instant access to knowledge and advice from our block management experts; a database of recommended lawyers and accountants and online resources to keep you up-to-date with regulation.
Yes. When the annual budget has been approved and service charge demands are generated they will be automatically emailed to leaseholders with summary of rights and obligations attached. If a leaseholder does not use email their service charge demand can be printed and posted in the normal way.
We recommend changing the financial year end by either lengthening or shortening the financial year end at Companies House as this will ease your administrative burden. It is worth noting that you can only lengthen an accounting period once within a five year period, however it can be shortened more frequently.
As part of our ongoing campaign to create a series of time saving solutions to common scenarios that property managers and book-keepers face in the management of blocks of flats we have created the ability to export ALL the documents accountants need to prepare the end of year service charge accounts in one digital file with one click. Please watch our video above explaining how our new ‘End of Year Pack’ function works.
Our cloud based software is hosted on the Microsoft Azure Platform, the adopter of the world’s first code of practice for cloud privacy.
Azure meets a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance standards, such as ISO 27001, HIPAA, FedRAMP, SOC 1 and SOC 2, as well as country-specific standards, including the UK G-Cloud.
Most of the world’s largest brands use Azure such as Pixar, Ebay, Travelocity, Boeing, EasyJet, Samsung, Xerox, 3M, Mazda, Aston Martin and BMW to name a few.
All data transmissions are protected by SSL secure certification with SHA-256 with RSA Encryption between the browser and the server. Additionally, no two clients share the same database, each client has their own database instance, a first in our industry.