Berlin’s Gewobag housing company implements fully integrated rental debt consulting with easysquare workflow
Landlords can, of course, terminate their tenants’ contracts without notice if they are two or more months’ rent in arrears; however, regardless of the legal possibilities, for large housing companies this is usually the last resort, taken only if no other options are available. Due to the large number of apartments they manage, these companies not only pursue economic business objectives, they also recognise their social obligation towards a large part of the resident population in the towns and communities in question. Thus, in the event of rental arrears, they usually first try to find another solution to avoid terminating the tenant’s contract. Providing well-founded consulting for rental debtors at the earliest possible stage is extremely important for this.
one of the largest housing companies in Berlin has been using a solution
developed by PROMOS consult for this since autumn 2014 – fully
integrated rental debt consulting based on easysquare workflow. The company
manages a total of over 70,000 rental units, of which around 57,500 are their
own apartments, and greatly values a sustainable corporate philosophy. This
also includes holistic support for tenants who have fallen behind with their
rental payments. The great economic significance of this topic becomes evident,
for instance, when we consider that more than 90 percent of Gewobag’s
revenues, which were around 371 million euros in 2013, are generated from
housing management with rental earnings making up the major part of this.
Through intensive consultation with tenants who are affected by rental arrears, the housing company aims to find solutions for reducing the rental debts before eviction becomes unavoidable. However, implementing a support process of this kind in a solution-oriented manner requires corresponding technical support in addition to intensive consultation for the individual tenants. Gewobag has developed and implemented a solution for this together with PROMOS experts. The close collaboration between Gewobag, as the user, and PROMOS, as the developer and software provider, was a key basis for the development within this collaboration of a consistent, practical IT solution that results in significantly improved efficiency when used at companies.
In order to map the process of rental debt consulting appropriately, it was initially divided into individual process steps for easysquare workflow. Each of these work steps can be traced and processed at any time. The rental debt consultants at Gewobag receive the orders for processing outstanding rental arrears from the parent company. Order placement is performed directly in SAP® by means of an automated report when a specific minimum claim is outstanding. The previously specified individual work steps to be completed during order processing are stored in the responsible employee’s work basket in easysquare workflow. The easysquare application can be used to process all the sub-steps, from the initial contact with tenants who are behind on their rental payments to the consultation and identification of a feasible solution to the problem. The results of the individual sub-steps are documented directly in SAP®.
procedure not only provides crucial support for the process of rental debt
consulting itself; it also creates a high degree of transparency throughout the
entire Gewobag Group. Work volumes can be sensibly controlled on this basis and
all involved employees – both in the parent company and the subsidiaries
responsible for rental debt consulting – can view the work progress and
all relevant data in the system at all times. This eliminates the need to keep
and maintain Excel lists, which was previously necessary but comparatively
time-consuming in practice.
An automated report is created on a monthly basis to provide information regarding the processing status achieved as well as settled or still outstanding claims on defaulting tenants. As the entire process is executed fully automatically in SAP®, it is highly efficient. The process sequence is shorter and the error rate during processing is also significantly reduced. In addition, the high level of transparency significantly simplifies collaboration between the various parties involved throughout the Gewobag Group.
further benefit of rental debt consulting based on easysquare workflow is that
this solution allows detailed time management with the aid of time
specifications for completing the individual process steps. For example, every
administrator has to complete the work steps stored in the process within a
previously defined deadline. This includes calls to the tenants in question as
well as clarification of questions regarding the reason for the rental debt or
entitlements to social security in accordance with Hartz IV (unemployment
benefit). If a processing step is overdue, this is displayed in the system.
Based on the individual processes, the system determines what has already been
completed, how much time this took and by what amount the original rental
arrears could be reduced in this process. The latter also serves as a basis for
measuring the performance-related remuneration for rental debt consulting
employees. Manual Excel lists are now unnecessary for these reports, too.
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