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Predicting the location of housing crimes - the power of machine learning and property licensing
What if we could predict the time and location of environmental health crimes? This would be a regulator’s dream not unlike the 2002 fantasy Spielberg film Minority Report, in which a specialised police department apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by psychics. Is that fantasy starting to become a reality?Read this article >
Councils need more government support to tackle rogue landlords
The Guardian and ITV News recently uncovered how criminal landlords are exploiting legal loopholes to continue operating, even though they have been convicted and found not fit and proper.Read this article >
Tenure Intelligence (Ti) - Combining artificial intelligence and housing data
Multinational technology companies are not the only ones using big data and computing power to make predictions about the unknown. Councils have seen the benefits of machine learning and are now starting to adopt this approach to make public services more effective and productive.Read this article >
Local government procurement ... why it’s worth the time and effort
Yes, local government procurement can be frustrating, but allow me to share with you some of the golden rules I have picked up over the last 20 years, to help you get your project off to a great start.Read this article >
The building blocks of effective private housing multi-agency enforcement
A minority of landlords across the UK continue to commit housing crimes and expose tenants to life threatening hazards and poor housing conditions.Read this article >
What are the success factors for property licensing schemes?
Lots has been said and written about property licensing as a policy intervention, however there has been little discussion on why some schemes are perceived as a success and why others have struggled.Read this article >
Where have all the Housing EHOs gone?
There’s simply nowhere near enough qualified housing enforcers employed by councils to deal with growing levels of poor housing conditions in the private rented sector (PRS).Read this article >
Change in mandatory licensing
The long-awaited announcement of the change to the mandatory HMO definition, is to be welcomed. This extends mandatory HMO licensing from three-storey properties in multiple occupation to two and one-storey properties.Read this article >
Does property licensing improve property standards?
I’m often asked, does property licensing improve property standards? For most Environmental Health Practitioners regulating PRS standards the answer is simple, yes absolutely!Read this article >
Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) - a powerful tool to challenge criminal landlords?
A major court ruling in January 2018 has given the green light to the use of Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) for Housing Crimes. In the ruling criminal assets obtained bu landlords who had...Read this article >
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