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Visionbase Software Limited are leading property management software developers based in Sheffield. For over twenty years the company have been creating solutions to streamline the day-to-day tasks for landlords and letting agents.

What sets Visionbase apart from their competitors is the long-standing and unique ties with Sage. Landlord Manager for Sage, their most successful package to date continues to expand. Starting out as a landlord-focussed system the software evolved with letting agent functionalities. It is the only property management software with a true 2-way seamless link to Sage 50 and Sage Instant Accounts.

Sage is the UK’s number one accountancy software. With over 90% of accountants familiar with Sage, Landlord Manager has a robust and reliable accountancy system. This also cancels out the need for double entry when it comes to the hand-over to the accountant due to it being created in a format that they recognise. Not only is this a time saving solution but cost effective as the accountants’ workload has been shortened. Sage have become highly respected in the industry since they began in 1981 as they have moved with technology and trends, applying new features and moving into new territories including North America, Europe and Asia with packages suitable for businesses of all sizes. Visionbase share a similar outlook to Sage, always aiming to improve and expand making this the perfect relationship.

It isn’t just the accountancy system which makes Landlord Manger for Sage stand out from its competitors, the ever-growing features list is there to make the user experience better. There are two versions of the software, one dedicated to landlords, the other is for letting agents, each providing targeted benefits, but share similar values including improved productivity as time is saved when general tasks are condensed. This paper-less solution is the equivalent of a member of staff but far more cost-effective. The software is packed with features including project management, office diary and work orders helping users to work more organised and enhance efficiently.

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Health & safety and keeping up-to-date on the latest legal requirements can be confusing for landlords, if they aren’t followed correctly huge consequences can arise, Landlord Manager will keep users on the right side of the law, prompting them when changes are implemented. Another benefit for users is that they will see their relationship with their tenants strengthen thanks to its communication functions whilst the calculator can be thrown-away as generating invoices can be done with the click of a button, no headache or GCSE maths required. Online portals have become increasingly popular over the past few years and it is quick and easy to upload properties using the already inputted data on Landlord Manager to Rightmove and Zoopla, marketing them to potentially millions of visitors that head to these sites on a regular basis.

2015 will be a huge year for Visionbase as they launch Decorus, a premium product tailored towards property managers on a wider scale. Like Landlord Manager, Decorus will have the true 2-way links to Sage and it will be suitable for landlords and letting agents with a more complex portfolio. Along with residential properties, Decorus will cater more for commercial lets and facility managers, notably those specialising in block management as it has the functions to work out ground rent and service charges economically.

This advanced package can be bespoke for each user as they come with specific needs. Set for launch early in the New Year Decorus will also provide a solution for those managing within the agricultural/rural industry or dealing with short lets.

After two decades of providing property management software this will be the biggest step for Visionbase as they dip into facility management for the first time proving how ambitious they are. As a core product Decorus isn’t limited to lettings as it can be moulded around the user offering freedom. What sets Decorus apart from Landlord Manager is its advanced features including user views and filters that make managing large numbers of properties less challenging. There is also the availability of add-on modules created for different purposes such as multi and inter-company options and a credit control module ideal for those looking for a time-saving, hassle-free solution to chasing up late payers.

Whether you are a small buy-to-let landlord, large letting agent or multi-layered property managers looking to streamline your workload Visionbase will have a software package for you in 2015.

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