Thomas Hampshire (UK) Limited
Thomas (Hampshire) Ltd are a private company based in Hampshire who own and manage two business parks as well as running a warehousing division offering a full range of services.
Following the closure of a commercial garage business and a substantial reduction in our accounts office staff it was necessary to find a supported but easy to understand and operate property management package that was flexible and would produce monthly, quarterly or in some cases annual invoices. As rents are payable on the first day of the rental period it was essential; these invoices could be raised monthly in advance.The Solution
Following a period of comparing various solutions we approached Visionbase software and bought Landlord Pro. Although a residential Package we were able to load our commercial properties (ignoring details of bedrooms etc), tenants and details of the tenancy agreements to produce invoices as required. Some modifications were required, for example we have some tenants who rent more than one property, but these were recognised and a workable solution provided.
Our Accounts have been managed on Sage Line 50 for many years and invoices produced using Landlord Pro were re-entered on to Sage manually as are all our warehousing invoices. Although not difficult, with over 30 units to invoice each month this is time consuming and so when Landlord Manager for Sage (LMFS) was introduced we decided to use the new package. We run LMFS invoicing monthly firstly checking the pre-invoice list and then posting the transactions to sage. The invoices are then produced and printed directly from sage.
We have found the software very intuitive and have started to make good use of the extensive management features
Whilst our use of the software for management of commercial property is not strictly what it was designed for we have found it performs well in our environment. With any change to system things will go wrong but, over the years, we have found that Visionbase software were friendly prompt and efficient in dealing with any issues or concerns we have had.
I have no hesitation in recommending Visionbase software and Landlord Manager for Sage.