The Housing Quality team keep a data-base of email addresses for landlords who want to keep in contact with us. Because of the new GDPR rules we have had to contact landlords to see if they are happy to remain on that list.
If you have responded already – thank you.
We will soon be sending you a ‘privacy statement’ to explain why we are holding your information, how we will use it and how long we will keep it.
If you have not yet responded, after 25th May 2018 when the GDPR regulations become active, we will need to delete the main database and your emails. After that date we will have no means of contacting you individually to inform you of any upcoming events and legislation changes. You should still see the blog, but you won’t get any of the separate notifications that we send out from time to time.
And a quick reminder on some of your responsibilities.
As landlords, you should also be issuing a Privacy Statement to all your tenants and be registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
I would also like to remind you that as of 1 October 2018 there will be changes to the HMO licensing laws. From that date ALL HMOs with 5 people or more, in 2 or more households, sharing facilities REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF STOREYS will require licensing. For more information please contact the Duty officer on 0121 569 5232 or email Private Sector Housing PrivateSector_Housing@sandwell.gov.uk
Finally, I’m sure you are aware that we work closely with our homelessness team and often approach you requesting accommodation.
The team is offering a new Bond scheme to help landlords help us, for more information contact Lisa Gardner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, once again I urge you to give us permission to keep your email details (if you have not already done so) so we can keep you up to date on all the changes that are happing in the private rented sector and contact you privately if need be.
If you have never been on our contact list and would like to be added anyone – just drop me an email – email@example.com
Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.