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GDPR: ICO registration and limited companies

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

This month, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has launched a new campaign to contact all registered companies in the UK reminding them of their legal responsibility to pay a data protection fee.

The move marks the start of an ‘extensive programme’ to make sure the Data Protection Fee is paid by all those who need to pay it.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018, providing a new standard by which landlords and agents deal with personal information about their tenants and clients.

It is a requirement for landlords and letting agents to register with the ICO, unless they qualify for an exemption.

Penalties for non-compliance

Landlords and letting agents can quickly and easily find out if their organisation needs to pay the fee by using the ICO’s self-assessment checker, but if personal information is held for business purposes on any electronic device, including using CCTV for crime prevention purposes, it is likely an annual fee payment is due.

The penalties for non-compliance are high.

Where can I learn more?

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.


  • If a landlord has 4 properties and uses an agent to find tenants do the necessary checks and set up the tenancy agreement etc and so as landlord I only keep paper and electronic records of the tenants securely and do not give out the tenants details to anyone do I need to register under the data regulations

    • Hi, if you hold data electronically then our advise is that yes, you are required to register with the ICO. If you are unsure about whether you need to register it is best to give the ICO a call on 0303 123 1113. Thanks, Victoria

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