The former executive director of LSL Property Services, David Newnes, is one of the key backers of a new property management platform powered by artificial intelligence.
Former TV Dragon James Caan and PropTech guru Faisal Butt are amongst other investors in AskPorter, which has now secured investment of over £500,000.
AskPorter is a platform with an AI digital assistant that serves as a personal assistant for property managers and as a concierge for customers and tenants.
The digital assistant ‘Porter’ proactively carries out planned duties, guides customers through enquiries and reporting issues, and delivers concierge services, only reverting to a human manager or approved service provider when necessary.
“This new technology has useful, practical applications that will add to and significantly improve the service that managing agents are able to offer landlords and tenants - both in AST and block management” says Newnes.
“It will augment existing property management systems, saving time and cost and it will also take some of the hassle out of the many processes managing agents have to follow” he adds.
AskPorter has partnered with Adiuvo, an operator which already provides out of hours services for 350,000 properties across the UK.
“AskPorter has cleverly recognised that the property management industry is better positioned than most to take advantage of the developments in communication and AI. What I find truly exciting about this startup is that weaving AI into property management is an opportunity to totally transform the customer experience in this industry” explains Faisal Butt, founder and chairman of start-up specialists Pi Labs.