This system is designed to help an owner / manager handle the administration
involved in letting a holiday cottage. It has been designed exclusively
for this purpose.
A database is kept (on your PC) of all lettings. The application
shows you at a glance which weeks are let, and which are available.
It also displays the booking status, rent and an optional comment.
You can create, modify and delete booking records starting with a single
click. You enter the details of the person booking - and the system
automatically enters dates, rent and any optional charges and calculates
deposits and balances. As well as recording your booking data in a single
database, the application uses these details to create letters and reports
for your accounts and records; for example it can produce a list of lettings
and income in a spreadsheet compatible format to help you produce the
annual accounts. It can also publish the rates and availability of your
property to a web file.
A more comprehensive
list of benefits follows:
List of Major Features:
- Speed up your administration: Simplifies, speeds up and assists with the administration and management
involved in letting a holiday cottage. Fills in prices automatically, and produces automated letters.
- "At a glance" status: Makes it easy to see your letting status, showing
which weeks are let, how much each week costs and the payment status
- for example you can quickly identify overdue payments.
- Fast Data Entry: Fast entry of the data for each booking, including automatic completion
of much information. The system calculates and inserts data, including
the rent, duration, deposit and (optional) fuel and linen charges.
- Automated production of letters: Quickly produces letters to send to your customers, for example to
confirm a booking. Information like names, dates and costs is automatically
inserted. This feature uses proformas that the owner can easily modify;
the sample letters, booking forms and web site are a valuable starting
- EMail communications: Instead of sending the above letters by post, they can be sent using
email, from your preferred email client, or formatted HTML email is also supported using a built in mail client.
- How am I doing? Click a button and you can instantly see the current status for your income and days booked etc. You can find out how your customers found you and what the source of your bookings is. You can compare how your books are going compared to the same time the previous year.
- Prints addresses onto envelopes or labels: direct from the booking
records. Saves writing or typing.
- Additional charges: Handles additional charges if you make them: eg for linen, pets,
fuel, breakages deposit.
- Handles breakage deposits: You can (optionally) collect a breakages deposit, and the system will alert you when you need to repay this. It also records and accounts for any amount retained to cover breakages.
- Prevents overlapping bookings: Eliminates the risk of taking two overlapping bookings - you are
alerted if dates clash.
- Repeat Bookings: For a repeat booking, you can quickly find the records of the previous
booking and any notes you may have made, for example, to help avoid
letting a second time to a poor tenant. You can also copy the details
into the new booking to save retyping - with a single click!
- Reports: Provides printed reports and summaries:
- Printed Booking Status report showing consolidated
summary by week (useful for taking bookings by phone)
- Quick status report on income and days let for each
- Annual accounts - provides list of lets, income and
totals as printed report or in standard CSV spreadsheet format.
- Lists of lettings for your local contacts ( local
managers, cleaners etc.)
- Reports where your bookings came from - find out which methods of letting actually work!
- Many reports can also be exported in spreadsheet format for additional calculations.
- Web site integration: If you use a Web site to advertise this system can assist in many ways:
- One click will link directly to your site in order to answer
- The system will quickly update the local HTML files to
show rates and availability status in a table, and then upload this
status to your web site.
- The system can assist you operate an online booking system, through a web form, the contents of which can be automatically imported into a new booking.
- Mail Shots: Assists you to send mail shots to your previous tenants
either by email or normal post. You can easily omit customers you don't want to write to (for example if you don't want them to stay again.)
- Discount calculator. Works out and enters a discounted rent (for example
for last-minute bookings)
- Stores booking forms: You can save copies of customer booking forms submitted online or by paper (when scanned in) on the computer and
retrieve them immediately when working with the appropriate booking.
- Data Base: The data is stored in an easily accessible data base - you have
only a single copy of the data. This is easily backed up for security.
- Searchable archive: The database of bookings is always available for
searching and you can keep as many old bookings as you wish. After a
number of years, old bookings are easily removed - but are still kept
in an archive, unless you choose to delete this. This makes keeping
records (for example for tax purposes) very straightforward.
- Each property is separately configurable: If you have more than one property to manage, then each property
can have its own options. For example, you can have different
currencies or different changeover dates for each property. Hence you
could manage a property in USA where lets normally start on Sundays
and are charged in US dollars, and one in UK, let in pounds sterling.
- Variable tax year: You can set the tax year to end on any date you like - so it can be
used by owners in any country. However, at present the prompts and documentation
are English only (although letters and notes can be in any language).
- Comments field: Each booking can have a comments field which can be used to record
any appropriate information you wish to record.
- Special requirements: A "special requirements" field is available which can record special requirements eg "put extra bed out". This field is included on the report for your local representatives.
- Data Backup, Recovery and migration features are all provided.
- Runs on your PC or Laptop: There is no need for attachment to the Internet (see next item). There are no ongoing usage costs once it
is purchased. You don't need additional software such as Microsoft Office although this software is compatible with Word and Excel.
- Broadband services can still be subject to major disruptions. In October 2011 (when this was written) major disruptions caused huge numbers of BT customers to have no broadband service for hours, and Blackberry customers suffered disruption for days. This system keeps your core application and data running independently of the need for an Internet connection. Update: 18 Jan 2012: Virgin Media broadband was out for over 3 hours due to a "routing failure". This is just one of many disruptions noted recently. Also note that domestic routers and especially WiFi appear to fail or give problems surprisingly frequently - with this system you can always see availability and take bookings.
- Accounts: Several different accounting reports can be produced, suitable to either owner managers, or different reports are provided for agencies to use and send to their customers. Makes accounting easy!
The system was originally designed for a private owner, rather than a letting agency. However, we now have quite a number of small agencies using it, as all reports can be pulled off by property. Depending on the number of properties managed, there are two different ways to display the booking data ("classic mode" for one or two properties, or "Multi property mode"). Our largest user manages about 40 properties with this system and expects to be managing more soon - performance is fine at this level.
The Holiday Letting System is a simple, easy to use system which is moderately priced for most users. Even a novice
computer user should be able to get immediate benefits.
Note: if you purchase the system, your registration
payment will entitle you to receive new releases for no additional charge
(although we reserve the right to make a charge for a major new version
with substantial additional function.)
Frequently Asked Questions:
As users ask us questions about this system we are putting frequently
asked questions on the web here. You can
look at these questions (also available via the support link), and they
may help you understand what the system can do.