You are hopefully aware now of the changes that come into effect this May – the General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR. (And if you’re not aware – you should be!) They affect all private landlords, even if you only have one property that you rent out. We can’t take any responsibility for making sure you know everything you need to – that’s your job as landlord, but where we do have useful information we will do our best to share it.
One requirement that GDPR will bring Is that you need to register yourself as a ‘data controller.’ I’ve just had some guidance on this point from one of the council’s GDPR specialists. Note the bit that’s underlined.
She tells me that . . .
“All landlords would need to register as a data controller, even those who only have one tenant. Landlords who aren’t currently registered, if they register before 25th May they will only have to pay the original £35 instead of the new £40 fee. If they sign up to direct debit then the ICO will only charge £35 going forward. This is all explained in the link above.”
There is more information on this at https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/business/
We will keep you posted with more updates when we can.
We blogged a little while ago about major changes in European Union Data Protection law which come into effect this May. These are known as GDPR. They affect just about anyone who collects or handles people’s personal data. But we don’t think the message is getting through, so here is a not very subtle reminder.
GDPR will have massive implications about how you collect, receive, store, share and handle information about your tenants and clients. The penalties if you get things wrong can be massive. If you handle people’s data (and that can be very broadly defined!) you really should familiarise yourself with these changes.
It’s a massive subject – and will affect different types of organisations, companies and private landlords in different ways, so I’m not going to even try and summarise it. But here are some links to start you off. For companies – the Informaiton Commissioner’s Office is probably the best first step. For smaller, private landlords (even if you own just one property) – please see here though I should make our standard disclaimer that as this one is not a government or council website, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information it contains. Most of the professional landlord organisations or trade groups for lettings/estate agents are starting to put information up on their respective websites –so there is plenty of information out there. Get googling.
The changes will also have major effects on how we do things at the council. We are cuirrently working hard to get all of our procedures and practices up to date in readiness and we will use the blog to let you know what this means for you and your tenants as the information becomes available.