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Quick-fire FAQ’s on GDPR

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

With GDPR deadline fast approaching, here we speak to Landlord Advice Team Manager Rupinder Aujla about the common questions that landlords are calling to ask.

What does GDPR stand for?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Legislation. Replacing the Data Protection Act, it is likely that all landlords will be affected by the new rules as they handle personal data.

When does GDPR come into effect?

The new regulation comes into affect from 25th May.  The new requirements apply to both existing and new tenancies which start after that date.

Each new tenant or prospective tenant must be given a privacy notice, as well as existing tenants and guarantors.

What is the ICO?

The ICO stands for the Information Commissioners Office.

I am a managing agent and I only have a mobile number and a name of the tenant, do I still need to register with the ICO?

Yes, as this information is still personal data about an individual. This is a requirement under UK legislation unless you qualify for one of the exemptions.

Is there a sample privacy notice that I can look at?

Yes, a sample privacy notice can be accessed in the docs section of the RLA website here, However, it is important to remember that it is not just the privacy notice that you need to fill in, a data audit spreadsheet needs to be completed as well. A sample data audit of this can be download on our website.

 If two people, for example a husband and a wife, own a property, do both need to register with the ICO?

As both people are handling personal data, both will need to register with the ICO. This doesn’t just apply to a husband and wife, but also to business partners etc.

What is a data processor?

A data processor is a third party who perform data processing tasks for the data controller (not an employee of the controller’s organisation).

Examples of this include referencing services and cloud storage hosts. For example, RLA credit checks are considered to be a third party service.

The RLA runs an e-Learning GDPR course, which is just £10 for RLA members and £18 for non-members.

Learn more
  • Sign up to the GDPR e-Learning course here
  • Have a read of our GDPR guide here, which covers consent, developing a data protection policy and more.
  • Has your question about GDPR already been answered? Check out a recent Call of the Week on the subject

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

With a degree in Journalism, she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and creating social media content.

Before joining the RLA, Victoria worked in the University of Salford’s press office, and during University she represented Smooth Radio at events across the North West, as a member of the street team.

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