CasperLet/Detailed Setup

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Warning-icon.pngIf you are a new landlord, or if this is your first web-networked rental system, please use the new user quick start instead where many of these items are explained for users who are new to the concepts involved.
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Prerequisites

This version of the manual assumes you are a very experienced SL user that knows how to unpack items, what debit permissions are for, how to put items in the contents of other items, and that you have at least some familiarity already with networked rental systems.

Rental Unit Versions


Documentation on this page expects that all of your rental units are version 1.40 or later. You may see what the current versions are of everything from the versions page.

CasperLet Rental units version 1.3x and older are no longer supported. If you have older versions rezzed out, you must update them to the current version in order to receive technical support. Simply redeliver the CasperLet cate to receive an up-to-date UpgradeBee. Any prior version Bee will not have the current version of the script.

Your Account

No, you cannot (currently) use your CasperVend account username/password if you have one - CasperVend and CasperLet are using two different logins.

See how to create (or reset) your CasperDNS Account.

About The Units

Note on New Units


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As you can see in this image, when you click "change" to change the rental price, you will also get an additional option:

 Adjust time remaining on unit appropriately

Most landlords will want to leave this UNchecked/UNticked when setting out a brand new rental unit.

Debit Permissions


See the page on Debit Permissions to understand why these are necessary.

Land Notes


CasperLet doesn't - iteself - care about whether the land is in parcels. The "prim consolidation" feature allows you to have multiple rentals on the same parcel (such as malls or shopping events).

CasperLet does not prevent rezzing - that is what land settings are for.

Parcels: Multiple or all one parcel?


CasperLet doesn't care either way. If you want to leave the land as one big parcel and invite renters to the land group (such as for a shopping mall or shopping event) you can - just drop a rental unit next to each rental location, then configure as usual.

Placing Units


If you are an estate manager on the sim/region or the owner of the group that owns the mainland parcels you will be able to rez objects on the land even if the rights are otherwise turned off. When placing rental units, it's always a good idea to turn on "view land owners" and/or "view property lines" to make sure you are placing the unit in an area where scripts will always work, and the renter will not be able to return it. Most residents will behave in this regard, but there's always going to be someone who will want to test the estate staff.

How does a unit know which parcel to track?


The rental unit will report the UUID of the parcel it is rezzed on when it signs in to the system.

Parcels are only "tracked" for prim counting. If you do not use prim counting (for example, if you are transferring ownership of parcels on island estates), then there is no need to "link" the unit to the parcel.

If you wish to count prims on a parcel other than the one the rental unit is rezzed on, you must:

  1. Use a prim counter and make sure it is properly rezzed and deeded as per the instructions.
  2. Enable "Prim Consolidation", which will effectively count all owned parcels by the same land owner.

Moving a rental unit


As of version CasperLet version 1.30, you are now able to pick up and re-rez a rental unit without the unit losing the current tenant configuration and information. This allows you to simply pick up the unit and then re-rez at the location you want it to be.

Because you've already granted debit permissions to that unit, it won't ask again when you re-rez - this is normal.

Security Orbs


If you want/need a security orb, CasperTech now has CasperSafe.

Alternatively, Thomas Conover makes an excellent product called the "Land Security Orb" which has excellent features and full CasperLet support. It's cheaper than CasperSafe, but is only available with "no copy" permissions. A vendor for Conover's orb is available on the 3rd floor of Casper's shop.

Difference Between Meters and Boxes?


Both types allow rental state changes - showing whether a unit is available, rented, etc. - but where the box includes transparency functions, the meter does not because it's designed to be left out and visible at all times. As far as tenants are concerned, there are no functional differences between the boxes and the meters. Both will accept payments, both will show state changes.

Each type comes in a primary/master version, and a secondary/slave version that acts as a relay. You cannot use a "slave" unit in place of a primary unit - the "slave" units have no "brains" of their own, and exist solely to pass commands and responses back and forth from the primary unit it is linked to.

The primary/master unit names are as follows:

  CasperLet Rental Box 
  CasperLet Rental Meter
  CasperLet Mesh Rental Meter

The secondary/slave unit names are as follows:

  CasperLet SLAVE Box
  CasperLet SLAVE Meter

Customising Your Rental Units

To create your custom rental units AND to make sure rental state changes are reflected (or not, as you choose) between rented and available states, see the Rental customisation page.

Shared Land or Tenant Takes Ownership?

Tenant Takes Ownership


  1. Parcels are only "tracked" for prim counting. However, if the tenant is taking ownership of the parcel, prim counting cannot be used.
  2. No need for prim counter (they can't use more prims than their parcel allows)

Shared/Communal Land (Malls, etc.)


  1. Rez the rental unit on the parcel
  2. Make sure the tenant's role in land group does NOT allow object return for anyone else's objects
  3. Use a prim counter to keep track of everyone's prim/impact usage

Configuring Your Units

  • If all of your rental units will use the same base configuration, follow the instructions in "bulk setup" section.
  • If SOME of your rental units will use the same base config, but you will have SOME units with different settings, use the "Bulk + individual setup" section.
  • If all of your rental units will use different configurations, use the "individual setup" section below.

Special Notes

No Rental Profiles


Currently CasperLet does not support rental profiles. If you have two or more "base configuration sets" (that are dependent on the rental), you will still need to choose one as the default, and change the rest individually - this will be using the bulk + individual section below.

A suggestion ticket is in the queue to add rental profile functionality.

About Pay Buttons


To understand what goes in the pay buttons in the different unit configurations, see the Pay Buttons page.

Bulk Setup

  1. Rez one non-"slave" unit per rental, on the parcel to be tracked
  2. If shared land, unit should stay on the parcel to be tracked
  3. If tenant takes ownership, the rental unit should be moved off to a different parcel so it can't be returned by the tenant.
  4. Grant debit permissions
  5. If you've customised your units, make sure they'll still show rental state changes.
  6. Go to CasperLet website and log in
  7. Set your bulk options, remembering to click save on all settings.

Bulk + Individual Setup

  1. Rez one non-"slave" unit per rental, on the parcel to be tracked
  2. If shared land, unit should stay on the parcel to be tracked
  3. If tenant takes ownership, the rental unit should be moved off to a different parcel so it can't be returned by the tenant.
  4. Grant debit permissions
  5. If you've customised your units, make sure they'll still show rental state changes.
  6. Go to CasperLet website and log in
  7. Set your bulk options, remembering to click save on all settings.
  8. For each rental unit that will be different from the base configuration, click that unit inworld and use the "config" option on the popup menu to get to THAT unit's configuration settings.
  9. Set the individual settings as desired.

Settings on a per-unit basis will override the global "units" page settings.

Individual Unit Setup

  1. Rez one non-"slave" unit per rental, on the parcel to be tracked
  2. If shared land, unit should stay on the parcel to be tracked
  3. If tenant takes ownership, the rental unit should be moved off to a different parcel so it can't be returned by the tenant.
  4. Grant debit permissions
  5. If you've customised your units, make sure they'll still show rental state changes.
  6. Click one rental unit inworld
  7. Select "Config" from the popup menu
  8. Log in to the CasperLet website
  9. You will arrive at the individual unit configuration options. Set them as desired, and save after each change.

Notecard Delivery

Only you - the system owner - can edit and replace the notecards. Managers are not able to do this.

Managers may select different notecards from the supply that is already in the DropBox.

You are free to name your notecards whatever you like - "information" is used here to simply refer to the notecard sent to prospective tenants before they rent, and "rented" to simply refer to the notecard that gets sent to the tenant after they rent the unit.

Selecting Notecards


  1. Place your "information" and "rented" notecards in your DropBox.
  2. Log in to the CasperLet website
  3. If you have one notecard for all rentals, then select the notecard via the bulk Units page.
  4. If you have multiple notecards for different rentals, one may be set on the bulk Units page, but the rest will have to be set via the individual unit configuration pages.

Selecting Landmarks


  1. Place your landmark(s) in the Dropbox
  2. Log in to the CasperLet website
  3. If you have one landmark to use with all of your rentals (such as a rental HQ area), then select that landmark via the bulk Units page.
  4. If you have multiple landmarks for different rentals (for example, if you have one landmark per rental), they will need to be set via the individual unit configuration pages.

For more information about DropBoxes, and why they need to stay rezzed out, see the DropBoxes page.

Remember: Scripted objects in general will not function if you do not rez them under the proper land group. DropBoxes are no exception.

(If you have both CasperVend and CasperLet, it is normal to see all of your notecards, from both CasperVend and CasperLet, in the notecard selector box; it doesn't matter whether the DropBox originally came from a CasperVend or CasperLet pack.)

Prim Counting

For information on when and how to use the prim counter, and about scripted prim autoreturn, see the Prim Counter page.

Scanning For Rental Units

Learn how to do a rental unit scan - and its limitations - on the scanning for rental units page.

Payments

Proxy Payments


The rental units will accept payments from anyone, not just the tenant.

The units will also (currently) continue to accept payments from anyone even when set to "won't renew".

Transaction Logs


Information about transaction logs may be seen on the transactions page.

Rental Estate Management

Adding a manager


Currently, adding a manager can only be done globally (for all CasperLet units on your CasperLet account, regardless of where on the grid those rental units are located).

See the CasperLet Managers page for details on how to do this properly.

Sales, Discounts, etc.


See the Discounts page for instructions.

Profit Sharing


See the CasperLet Profit Sharing page.

Rental Office Setup

If you wish to set up a central rental office for your rental estate, see the rental office page.

Group Bots

For information on setting up bots for your rental estate, see the group bots page.

Tenant Management

For all the details on various aspects of managing your renters, see the tenant management page.

Notification Messages to Tenants

See the CasperLet Notifications page.

Mapping Table

See the mapping table page for information and limitations. Touch/Popup Menu Options

Migrating From HippoRent?

See the Migration Toolkit page for instructions.

DIY Script Components

Stop icon.pngBoth the door and sign objects (and thus their full perm scripts) are provided "As-Is", as a tool for scripters to use, without warranty, guarantee or support. This also means CasperTech is NOT under any obligation to add any new features.
Info.pngCasper Warden requests that if you use these scripts in a more advanced product and set it up for sale that you let him know, send him a vendor for the final product, and he'll help promote it.

Door & Sign Unsupported Samples


You may informally ask in the CasperTech support group if you get stuck, of course, but remember that that CasperTech will not be adding new features to these scripts - this is why they're open-source and full perm. Chances are there's a scripter in the group who might be willing to help, or you can see if there's a scripter already on your team.

Naturally, you're welcome to use them without restriction. To use them as-is (applies to both door and sign):

  1. Rez a door or sign near a CasperLet unit
  2. Touch/click it
  3. Click the CasperLet unit you want to link the door and/or sign to
  4. Click "Yes" on the popup menu
  5. Now click the CasperLet unit once more to send the most recent data
  6. The door and/or sign should now function as any door and/or sign would, save that it will automatically restrict itself to the current CasperLet tenant when rented.

The door will still work from within a linkset.

Changing Sign Texture


  1. Link the sign to the rental unit.
  2. Customer pays the rental unit to begin a rental.
  3. Customer clicks sign, gets "Please HOLD DOWN CONTROL and drag the texture..." message.
  4. Customer then CTL + drags the proper texture over to the sign.
  5. If customer drags the wrong texture, they need to repeat steps 3 and 4 to change the texture.

If the message on click changes to "This store is available! If you pay the rental meter below..." then the CasperLet system owner needs to fix the sign.

NOTE: The sign reads the UUID of the texure, therefore the tenant needs to actually mark the next owner permissions as copy, modify AND transfer - because while a texture they uploaded is always full perms to themselves, dragging it on to the sign triggers the "next owner" permissions, which are not full perm by default (and thus prevents getting the UUID.)

CasperLet API


See the CasperLet API page for details.

FAQ / Troubleshooting

See the CasperLet FAQ page.