Regulation and Enforcement

GDPR: New documents live

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Major changes were introduced to data protection rules, known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25th May 2018.

Landlords handle personal data, so MUST comply with the new rules, or face legal action potentially leading to fines, or claims by tenants for damages – as must agents.

The RLA has already produced an in-depth document providing guidance on GDPR for all landlords, as well as an exclusive members’ pack of documents and guides.

While these documents can be adapted by agents, the association has now done this for you – with new specific documentation for smaller letting agent members added to the RLA’s dedicated GDPR pages – as well as other helpful documents and guides for landlords and agents alike.

New to the site are:

  • Privacy notices for agents
  • Privacy notices for contractors
  • A log for data protection activities
  • A short form privacy notice for those landlords without websites
  • An explanation of data processor agreements

To access these resources visit our dedicated GDPR pages. You will need your membership details to log in.

We have already seen record numbers of enquiries regarding the changes brought in under GDPR.

In the week before the compliance deadline we saw visits to our dedicated GDPR pages jump by more than 600% – with a record-breaking day for calls to the Landlord Advice Team, which experienced the busiest day in its 20-year history.

In addition to this, we developed an online course ahead of the deadline to help landlords get to grips with the new legislation.

To date, more than 1,000 landlords have taken the course.

If you are not currently compliant with the new GDPR legislation, the worst thing you can do is bury your head in the sand. Yes, the deadline has passed, but if you need to take action the time to do it is now. We can help you every step of the way.

For more on how GDPR affects you  click here.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and award-winning Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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