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Join hands with Bellandur Forum for the ORR-Sarjapur Rising

Are you also impacted by the infrastructure collapse on ORR-Sarjapur and struggle to reach your work?  Do you end up spending hours commuting through the Outer Ring Road. Is pollution and your respiratory wellness taking a toll on you? If answers to all these questions is an unanimous YES then it’s time to take things in your hands and join #ORRRISING, the community that is fighting for your rights.

The Sarjapur Road and Outer Ring Road is known for its notorious traffic jams. The area has seen a growth of approximately 400% in the past decade, with no sign of it slowing down. It is home to some of the largest business parks, few world class hospitals, scores of commercial buildings, thousands of residential units and over thirty plus schools.In spite of the fact that this area is one of the busiest roads in Bangalore the situation is pitiable. Roads have not been widened for years and the drains are open or overflowing with sewage. There is no place for pedestrians to walk and driving/riding is a nightmare here.

Thanks to initiatives like #Whitefieldrising & #ORRRising that came to Bengaluru’s rescue.

What is #ORRRISING?

A group of residents/ members who are fighting to get ORR-Sarjapur-Marathalli-HSR Layout  infrastructure back in place. A peaceful protest is planned against the civic problem in their area. They would be protesting against the pitiable road conditions, the excessive pollution and the maddening traffic jams that engulf lakhs of commuters on this junction each day.

How can you make a difference?

  • Join their Facebook group  and  ’Like’/ ‘Follow’ their page to know about all the latest updates.

  • Sign the petition at change.org which would go to Mr KJ George, Bangalore minister for development and urban planning.

  • Spread the word by sharing all the information on all the social media platforms.

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We at CommonFloor Groups are with them and urge all our readers to join hands for the cause to make Bangalore a better city to live in.

Hoping to see all of you on the 18th of December, 2015 from 12pm to 2 pm,  at Ecospace, Iblur junction, Wipro junction, Cessna park.

DressCode: Orange, Red, Vermillion.

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Smart Residential Living

Chennai Rains: A quick guide to be safe and emergency numbers

Heavy rains have once again pounded the city of Chennai and until now close to 188 people have been killed and many are injured. The rains that have virtually broken a 100-year-old record with a day’s rainfall covering a month’s average. The worst affected are the low lying areas and people living near the banks of Adyar river. Close to 4,000 people living on the banks of the river has been evacuated to safer zones.

In such adversities here’s a quick guide for being safe :

  • Travelling: it’s better you don’t travel through the water logged areas especially do not drive or walk as there might be strong under currents, huge crater like potholes or worse still leeches and snakes. Travelling if at all must be done through public transport preferably busses.
  • In the face of such adversities many of you must have lost many important documents. Well for those who haven’t, then do quickly put all your important documents in one plastic packet and keep it handy so that in case of an evacuation you can take them with you and there won’t be a fear of you losing them or these getting destroyed with water.
  • Keep all the contact numbers especially the emergency ones written down in a pocketbook
  • Don’t forget to boil the drinking water even if you are using a water purifier

List of food items that you must keep stocked up at home:

  • Packaged food
  • Milk
  • Water Cans
  • Bread, jam/butter
  • Biscuit

The medicine cabinet should be well stocked up too:

  • Paracetamol
  • Cough Syrup
  • Electral and Glucose
  • Band aids, multi-purpose ointment
  • Any prescribed medicine especially for diabetics and blood- pressure patients

An assorted list of household items you should have at your house:

  • Candles with matches
  • Torch lights with extra set of batteries
  • Charge your cell-phones & battery banks
  • Bedsheets & Shawls for all family members

Help line numbers:

Tree fall, Waterlogging 1913
Free Boat service ((for rescue and hospital emergencies) 044-27237107 & 27237207
State Emergency 1070
District Emergency 1077
Electricity 1912
Fire & Rescue 101
Sewage Overflow 45674567, 22200335
Ola Boat 7708068600
The Navy has deployed boats in Adyar 044-25394240
DMK helplines 044 24320280 & 7810878108

Lastly for regional emergency number click here

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Product Updates Right Step Smart Residential Living

[Important] – Change in Service Tax Rate for Housing Societies, Additional Swachh Bharat Cess of 0.5% to be levied

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As per the recent Service Tax(ST) notification circulars, vide Notification No. 21/2015-ST & Notification No. 22/2015-ST dated November 6, 2015, government has appointed November 15, 2015 as the date from which, “Swachh Bharat Cess” (SB Cess) at 0.5% of the service value, has to be levied on the value of all taxable services over and above the prevailing service tax rate i.e. the effective rate of Service Tax including SB cess will be 14.5% w.e.f November 15, 2015.

How are Housing societies impacted by this?

  1. If your monthly invoice value is more than Rs 5,000/-, you must be collecting & paying service tax( (Refer Jan 2014 Circular on Service Tax on RWAs for more details) at the rate of 14%.With the SB cess in place, the revised Service Tax rate shall now be 14.5 %.  This is applicable on Invoices with Invoice date on or after 15th November 2015.

  2. You would have to pay an additional of 0.5% as SB cess to your vendors, for any services rendered by them that come under service tax ambit.

What do you need to do?

  • Swachh Bharat Cess must be charged as a separate line item on the Invoice, wherever applicable, as well has to be accounted for separately. Hence, if you are using any sort of “manual” invoicing, where Service tax is added manually, you need to add another line item of Swachh Bharat Cess of 0.5% for Invoices generated on or after 15th November.

  • Swachh Bharat Cess is payable to Govt., however it cannot be claimed as an Input Credit. Hence, you will be charging your Residents now at 14.5% (if applicable) and paying your Vendors a total Service tax of 14.5%; however, the 0.5 % SBC will not be allowed as input credit against the service tax liability.

Using Commonfloor Groups’ Smart Accounting? We’ve got you covered:

For all Invoices dated after 15th November, and with Service tax applicable, we will automatically add another line item for Swachh Bharat Cess of 0.5% to such Invoices. No effort needed from your side!

Above change will be made to:

  1. All future invoices already created in the system OR
  2. Invoices raised after 15th November OR
  3. Recurring Invoices ( Smart Invoicing as we call it)

Please do cross-check the implications with your CA/ Auditor as well to ascertain the changes for any specific cases applicable for your society. Feel free to reach out to us, if you need any further information/ help from our side.

Wishing you all a very happy & safe Diwali once again!

Regards,

Team CommonFloor Groups.

P.S : In case you are not using Commonfloor Money Manager, you should certainly reconsider it and ask us for a demo to your association.

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Product Updates Smart Residential Living

Introducing Commonfloor Smart Guard Mobile App

Our mission at Commonfloor Groups is to find ways to integrate technology to apartment management. It is a problem that keeps us motivated and hungry to stretch limits. A few months back, we took upon a mission to eliminate entry/exit paper registers and replace them with a slick mobile app. Today, after months of effort and loads of feedback, we are pleased to announce the launch of Commonfloor Smart Guard – a mobile app that eliminates paper registers.

Here is a quick overview of how to use the Smart Guard App.

Step #1: Download the free mobile app from Google Play Store.

                                                                   

Step #2: Enter your city & community name. This is needed for us to uniquely identify which community’s visitor movement you want to track. Click on the Admin Icon to proceed.

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Step #3: Enter admin username & password. This allows you to login and setup the app for your guard to use.

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Step #4: Click on the “Get Started” button on the Home Page. The following screen allows you to send an SMS invite to your security guard.

                                                                      

Step #5: Click on the “Add Guard” button. The guard receives an SMS with his login details.

                                                                     

Voila! In 5 simple steps you are done. From this point the security guard can download the app or you can do it for him/her.

We’ve made it extremely simple to use Commonfloor Smart Guard, that even a security guard can use it easily. A guard simply has to enter the mobile number of the visitor and click on enter or exit.

If a visitor is coming in for the first time, then the security guard has to do a 1-time registration activity.

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Smart Residential Living

Your Community, your Penalty Rules!

At Commonfloor Groups, we aim to make your Invoicing and Payment collection process a breeze – Just configure your settings one-time, and let us do all the heavy lifting! One of the biggest issue that community admins face is ‘timely’ collection of maintenance dues. Being a non-profit body, they run the show on a day-to-day basis based on the money collected from the residents and the same is paid out for staff salaries/ vendor payments. While we provide Email/ SMS reminder features to improve collections, at times, defining strict penalty rules does the trick.

We host more than 10,000 association groups and each association is different from the next, and have their own unique calculation for Late Payments and with the below Penalty computation framework, we now support every single one of them and have become the ONLY software solution with the ability to support such a wide variety of calculations.

What’s new in this framework?

  1. New Penalty Rules: Our penalty framework can now support 144 combinations of Penalty rules – making us the ONLY software which can support this kind of flexibility. Read More
  2. Penalty Level: Money Manager now supports flexibility to choose between Invoice level Penalty or Line item level Penalty. You can choose to turn off penalty for certain line items OR configure different Penalty rule for each line item. Read More
  3. Unpaid Penalty view: Any unpaid penalty will be shown as an ‘Unbilled view’; not as an actual Invoice – only when the Penalty is paid, system generates a Penalty Invoice. This makes sure that once Penalty invoice is generated, it will not be updated. Read More
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