We recently updated SimpleRent to add a new feature called Lease Templates. Not to be confused with our Document Templates (where you can create document templates for leases, forms, and letters), Lease Templates are designed to be used to save you time when you're creating and setting up new lease records in the system.
In other words, it's often time consuming (when you're new to SimpleRent or are adding lots of data) to repeatedly create lease records with multiple charges, fees, and settings, especially when your leases are often the same and share common characteristics. For example, many of our customers only have a couple of different lease configurations - a 'standard lease' that is comprised of rent, security deposit, and late fees, and maybe a 'custom lease' that might have additional fees such as utility fees, garage or parking rental, etc.
Lease Templates allow you to create 'templates' of common charges and settings and label them, creating a 'lease category' or type. These types (templates) can then be re-used as starting points to quickly create leases & associated charges later.
To use this feature, create your first Lease Template, from the Leases menu/toolbar item:
Click "Lease Templates" and the Lease Templates screen appears:
To add your first Lease Template, click "Add New Lease Template":
The "Add New Lease" template popup screen appears:
Give your lease template a name (eg. "Standard Lease") and an optional description. Click "Save & Configure Default Charges & Fees" to continue.
In the "Rent & Other Charges" area, click "Add Charge":
Add your first charge or fee to the template (for example, standard rent):
Click Save and repeat to add more standard charges (eg. security deposit, etc) to the template - keep in mind that you only want to add common, standard charges & fees to the lease that always are part of every (or most) leases you actually write. You don't want to add corner cases, exceptions to the rule, custom one-off charges, or anything that isn't considered typical. Lease templates should be re-usable, and as such, broad and representative of the majority of the leases you use in practice. You can of course add any number of lease templates to account for all sorts of different scenarios.
Once you've added one or more Lease Templates, you're ready to use them when creating new Leases.
From the People or Units screens, add a new Lease and notice the "Copy Charges from Lease Template" link:
Clicking this link will let you select the Lease Template you previously created:
Choose the the Lease Template you selected and click "Select & Add Charges".
The charges & fees from the Lease Template are copied to the lease you are creating:
You can accept these default settings from the lease template or click the 'pencil' icon to further edit them if required; the point of this feature is that the lease templates can let you add preconfigured charges & fees to a lease much more quickly than doing each item manually and repeatedly.