One woman’s mission to revolutionise residential block management

Serial entrepreneur, Kate Boyes has been letting and managing property for 15 years and has had the opportunity to meet many savvy property owners and talk about their wish list for making block management more accessible.

Kate’s business brain and entrepreneurial spirit kicked into gear and the result is SELF, a cloud based block management tool, designed specifically for those who self-manage their residential block.

The software includes an online dashboard, which is easy enough to use from day one and crucially, affordable for those that self-manage.

Kate explains:

“Through my work I recognised a need for a cost-effective solution that modernises block management and makes it more user friendly and transparent. Being able to combine technology with a passion for property to create genuinely useful tools for the residential property market is very exciting”.

SELF is service charge accounting made simple as it:

• generates service charge demands;

• creates year end reports; and

• records supplier invoices and leaseholder service charge receipts.

Because Kate is a chartered surveyor and regulated by the RICS and ARLA, SELF is designed to help directors of Resident Management Companies comply with relevant landlord and tenant legislation.

Kate’s career was launched 15 years ago when she won a Property Week essay competition about what would have the greatest impact on real estate over the next decade.  Before the term ‘prop-tech’ was coined, Kate predicted ways in which technology would enable and support the development of smart buildings.

Since then Kate established Alexandre Boyes Residential lettings in 2003 and Alexandre Boyes Estate & Block Management in 2007. The award winning teams have been shortlisted and won silver in The Times & Sunday Times Letting Agency of the Year Awards and The Sunday Times / Times Property Awards and won Lettings Office of the Year at the West Kent Property Awards.

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