Our Landlords Guide to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

From 25 May 2018 all landlords need to ensure they are compliant with GDPR, this is a new legislation replacing the Data Protection Act, it has created new responsibilities for Landlords and businesses nationwide.
As a landlord you of course keep lots of records containing your tenant’s personal details such as their names, addresses and bank details.  Here we provide some helpful information about how this new legislation will impact you, and explain what you need to do to protect yourself, and your tenant’s data.

Next steps for landlords
You must register with the ICO, this normally costs £35, you can do this here. It will take about 15 minutes.

Please read in full the guidance for landlords from the ICO here

Top tips
Ensure you keep all the details about your tenants secure by password protecting files.  Only share personal details of your tenants with professional firms as stated in the AST, such as utility companies and  local authorities.

Communicating with your tenants
Tenants must be informed that you will be keeping information about them whilst they are your tenant, you must be clear about this from the outset.

Need more info?

As always our team of expect are on hand to help our members with any queries about this.  ELA members have unlimited access to our advice and helpline during office hours.  You can contact the team on 01603 767101 – please have your membership number to hand.  If you prefer email you can drop us a line here and we will respond to your query the same working day.