Is there an app for that?
Canadians are some of the heaviest Internet users in the world, and use mobile devices for about 49 per cent of their web activity. Some apps, like Google Maps and weather forecasters, have become smartphone necessities.
Can apps help landlords and tenants? ONPHA has pulled together a list of useful apps:
Landlord Condition & Inventory
Thoughtful Apps, Android ($9.99 | Google Play Store)
This app guides the user though an inspection of the property and helps landlords take an inventory of the contents of the premises. The user has the ability to take and add photos/comments then generate PDF report files.
The Rent Compass app shows available rental listings that are located near you or you may search other areas and add search criteria. Listings are shown with Google Street View, maps and local amenities. There is a fee structure for property managers to post ads but individual property owners and Real Estate Agents may post a basic ad for free.
Can My Landlord
The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA), Android (Free | Google Play Store)
This is a quick reference guide app designed to assist Alberta tenants with understanding their rights and responsibilities under Alberta’s Residential Tenancies Act. It covers a variety of basic topics including rent increases, pets, entry to unit, and key and security deposits.
This app links to an information user driven wiki on how to fix just about anything. It is particularly helpful for electronics.
HandyMobi, Android (Free | Google Play Store)
This app helps home owners or renters plan, organize, implement, and share DIY home improvement projects. It comes with a useful level and unit converter.
Dropbox allows you to save files to a cloud based server where you can easily access them from different devices or share them with others. Also a good way to back up important documents.
Evernote, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, and SugarSync also provide cloud-based storage for documents, photos, and files.
This app offers first aid advice and help for dealing with emergency situations. While not as comprehensive as a first aid course or manual, the app includes illustrated guides and voiced instructions that can assist someone in an emergency.
Inventory for Homeowners helps both homeowners and tenants create and maintain a digital room-by-room inventory of their belongings. Setting up an inventory takes about an hour. In the case of a fire or emergency, an inventory will assist tenants who need to make claims on their tenant insurance. The inventory can also be used by tenants to track the condition of their unit and its appliances and fixtures. III Inventory/Know Your Stuff is a similar app created by the Insurance Information Institute.