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July 6, 2021
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What is GDPR?

GDPR is an abbreviation of the General Data Protection Regulation. It refers to the new Data Protection rules, which came into force on 25 May 2018. GDPR is essentially a privacy protection law that safeguards all of us to some extent.

Is GDPR something that affects landlords?

In short, yes! GDPR was not initially intended for private landlords. It was drafted to deal with some of the more outrageous uses of personal data by tech like Google and Facebook.

Many high-profile cases with flagrant breaches of privacy rights have been cited in recent years.

However, a landlord has contractual obligations to a tenant and needs to exchange information with service providers.

What do landlords need to do to comply with GDPR?

GDPR can affect landlords in several ways if you are letting a property. Landlords have legal requirements so they can discharge their obligations as a landlord. This 2021 landlord GDPR guide will help you better understand what you need to do.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a legal framework. It sets guidelines for landlords or agents collecting and processing personal information from their tenants, guarantor, or other occupants.

It can include next of kin information like email addresses, contact details, I.D documents etc.

How to manage your tenant’s information 

Landlords to be registered with ICO for GDPR and be fully compliant, especially when processing personal data.

When we think about GDPR, computers and cloud-based storage comes to mind. But ledger with tenants’ information like names, telephone numbers, email addresses, I.D like passports and bank details are things to consider for GDPR purposes.

It is good practice to give all your prospective renters a privacy notice (your privacy policy) at an early stage when negotiating terms of a tenancy. The privacy notice should not be incorporated in the tenancy agreement, as explained below.