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Controversial council uses Foxtons-style ‘big data’ to police lettings

The controversial Liverpool council licensing scheme is to be policed through the use of what the authority calls “cutting-edge big data and analytics.”

Earlier this year Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick rejected a bid by the Labour-controlled council to extend its licensing scheme for five years; the scheme covers no fewer than 55,000 properties. 

Since the government’s rejection of the extension, there has been a flurry of publicity on behalf of Liverpool council talking up the importance of the scheme.


Now the council says it is to adopt technology used by Foxtons - a system called REalyse - which brings together datasets on properties.

Then, says Liverpool, “the data [is] easy and quick to analyse, with powerful, user-friendly analytics tools.” This will include identifying unlicensed landlords. 

A statement from the council continues “The team will also use REalyse to gain a deeper understanding of how planned and ongoing regeneration and development benefits residents in their day-to-day lives, and how existing stock can be managed to best serve the needs of Liverpool’s citizens.”

Here’s the background on Liverpool’s licensing dispute with the government. 


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