Property118 Ltd understands that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your personal data is used and shared online. We respect and value the privacy of everyone who visits this website, www.property118.com
(“Our Site”) and will only collect and use personal data in ways that are described here, and in a manner that is consistent with Our obligations and your rights under the law.
- Definitions and Interpretation
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- Information About Us
- Our Site is owned and operated by Property118 Ltd, a limited company registered in England under company number 10295964, whose registered address is 1st Floor, Woburn House, 84 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AB.
- Our VAT number is 990 0332 34.
- Our Data Protection Officer is Neil Patterson, and can be contacted by email at email@example.com, by telephone on 01603 489118, or by post at 1st Floor, Woburn House, 84 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AB.
- What Does This Policy Cover?
- Your Rights
- As a data subject, you have the following rights under the GDPR, which this Policy and Our use of personal data have been designed to uphold:
- The right to be informed about Our collection and use of personal data;
- The right of access to the personal data We hold about you (see section 12);
- The right to rectification if any personal data We hold about you is inaccurate or incomplete (please contact Us using the details in section 14);
- The right to be forgotten – i.e. the right to ask Us to delete any personal data We hold about you (We only hold your personal data for a limited time, as explained in section 6 but if you would like Us to delete it sooner, please contact Us using the details in section 14);
- The right to restrict (i.e. prevent) the processing of your personal data;
- The right to data portability (obtaining a copy of your personal data to re-use with another service or organisation);
- The right to object to Us using your personal data for particular purposes; and
- If you have any cause for complaint about Our use of your personal data, please contact Us using the details provided in section 14 and We will do Our best to solve the problem for you. If We are unable to help, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the UK’s supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office.
- For further information about your rights, please contact the Information Commissioner’s Office or your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
- What Data Do We Collect?
- Date of birth;
- Address and post code;
- Business/company name and trading status;
- Number of properties owned;
- Accountants details;
- Contact information such as email addresses and telephone numbers;
- Proof of residence and ID;
- Financial information such as income and tax status;
- Landlords insurance renewal dates;
- Property Portfolio details such as value and mortgage outstanding;
- How Do We Use Your Data?
- All personal data is processed and stored securely, for no longer than is necessary in light of the reason(s) for which it was first collected. We will comply with Our obligations and safeguard your rights under the GDPR at all times. For more details on security see section 7, below.
- Our use of your personal data will always have a lawful basis, either because it is necessary for our performance of a contract with you, because you have consented to our use of your personal data (e.g. by subscribing to emails), or because it is in our legitimate interests. Specifically, we may use your data for the following purposes:
- Providing and managing your access to Our Site;
- Supplying our products and or services to you (please note that We require your personal data in order to enter into a contract with you);
- Personalising and tailoring our products and or services for you;
- Replying to emails from you;
- Supplying you with emails that you have opted into (you may unsubscribe or opt-out at any time by the unsubscribe link at the bottom of all emails;
- Analysing your use of our site and gathering feedback to enable us to continually improve our site and your user experience;
- Provide information to our partner service and product suppliers at your request.
- With your permission and/or where permitted by law, We may also use your data for marketing purposes which may include contacting you by email and or telephone with information, news and offers on our products and or We will not, however, send you any unsolicited marketing or spam and will take all reasonable steps to ensure that We fully protect your rights and comply with Our obligations under the GDPR and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.
- You have the right to withdraw your consent to us using your personal data at any time, and to request that we delete it.
- We do not keep your personal data for any longer than is necessary in light of the reason(s) for which it was first collected. Data will therefore be retained for the following periods (or its retention will be determined on the following bases):
- Member profile information is collected with your consent and can be amended or deleted at any time by you;
- Anti-Money Laundering information and tax consultancy records are to be kept as required by law for up to seven years.
- How and Where Do We Store Your Data?
- We only keep your personal data for as long as We need to in order to use it as described above in section 6, and/or for as long as We have your permission to keep it.
- Some or all of your data may be stored outside of the European Economic Area (“the EEA”) (The EEA consists of all EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein). You are deemed to accept and agree to this by using our site and submitting information to Us. If we do store data outside the EEA, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated as safely and securely as it would be within the UK and under the GDPR
- Data security is very important to Us, and to protect your data We have taken suitable measures to safeguard and secure data collected through Our Site.
- Do We Share Your Data?
- We may share your data with other partner companies in for the purpose of supplying products or services you have requested.
- We may sometimes contract with third parties to supply products and services to you on Our behalf. Where any of your data is required for such a purpose, We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data will be handled safely, securely, and in accordance with your rights, Our obligations, and the obligations of the third party under the law.
- We may compile statistics about the use of Our Site including data on traffic, usage patterns, user numbers, sales, and other information. All such data will be anonymised and will not include any personally identifying data, or any anonymised data that can be combined with other data and used to identify you. We may from time to time share such data with third parties such as prospective investors, affiliates, partners, and advertisers. Data will only be shared and used within the bounds of the law.
- In certain circumstances, We may be legally required to share certain data held by Us, which may include your personal data, for example, where We are involved in legal proceedings, where We are complying with legal requirements, a court order, or a governmental authority.
- What Happens If Our Business Changes Hands?
- How Can You Control Your Data?
- In addition to your rights under the GDPR, set out in section 4, we aim to give you strong controls on Our use of your data for direct marketing purposes including the ability to opt-out of receiving emails from Us which you may do by unsubscribing using the links provided in Our emails.
- Your Right to Withhold Information
- You may access certain areas of Our Site without providing any data at all. However, to use all features and functions available on Our Site you may be required to submit or allow for the collection of certain data.
- How Can You Access Your Data?
You have the right to ask for a copy of any of your personal data held by Us (where such data is held). Under the GDPR, no fee is payable and We will provide any and all information in response to your request free of charge. Please contact Us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org, or using the contact details below in section 14.
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- Contacting Us
8:20 AM, 2nd February 2022, About A year ago
By contract, I assume you mean the tenancy agreement. It's always good to let a tenant have one prior to signing so they have time to read.
You can legally take a holding deposit.
You could maybe whittle down your list of prospects so you're only talking to the more serious ones. We are getting dozens of enquiries for each property at the moment, so we do a pre-vetting to make sure we invest time into those who will be able to see it through.
If you have a draft AST on the computer, then emailing it out shouldn't be too much of a drain if you're pre-vetted.
8:21 AM, 2nd February 2022, About A year ago
I offer a draft uncompleted contract for them to look at, but then ask for the deposit on signing the contract. It's not a holding deposit which is capped, it's the full 4-5weeks rent amount deposited.
Obviously if they cancel before they move in this would be refundable, unless I wrote into the contract that the equivalent to one week's rent is a holding deposit which would mean I could keep that.
There are a lot of upfront costs for the landlord including cost of credit checks, so it's about meeting the prospective tenants and deciding who you want to have a long term relationship with, and hopefully they want to commit to the property first
9:33 AM, 2nd February 2022, About A year ago
"I’ve never really felt comfortable asking for any money upfront before a contract, but I’m beginning to think I have to/should."
At very least, you should have taken the first month's rent and the deposit before completing the tenancy agreement. Signatures and date of signing are the last details to go on, and these should not happen until £ has changed hands.
I agree that anyone asking for a completed agreement and not going through with it is probably up to no good as you suggest, and that sending a draft copy beforehand is all they can reasonably request.
9:53 AM, 2nd February 2022, About A year ago
I send a draft contract out once they have passed the vetting stage so they know what will be expected. The draft will have the provisional dates which have been already agreed and I point this out to them when it is sent. They are then clear that the contract and tenancy will commence AFTER the deposit and first months rent is actually CLEARED. If there is a delay with this payment of there has to be a shift in dates for whatever reason, then this can be easily changed on the draft. Once the Deposit and month in advance is paid then the actual contract is fully printed off and signed by both parties. For me this normally happens on key handover/move in day itself at the same time the inventory is done and signed too. Just make sure you send the EPC, Elec cert/gas certs and How to rent booklet to them at the same time as the draft contact AND make sure they acknowledge receipt too. This way you have served all the legal stuff BEFORE they sign the actual contract on the day. That way you dont get into the problem of not doing this before the contract is actually signed.
10:06 AM, 2nd February 2022, About A year ago
I forgot to add that a lot of the time benefit claimants say they need a contract before they can start a claim at a new address - at the same time you need confirmation they can afford the rent before you issue a contract. (more important where they are claiming for the first time and not just changing addresses). In this case it is up to the TENANT to get this detail so you can make an assessment as to if they are viable to afford the property. I send the tenant a letter/email stating you may intend to rent to them but they need to match the viability criteria first so I give them all the details like address of the property, cost of rent, what the property is (house flat etc) etc. They need to sort this out with the DWP themselves. They then need to show evidence to you from the DWP of what they will get for the UC rent element. I have had cases where the UC have said they wont do this without a contract/TA first - I tell both UC the tenant there is no way this is going to happen! I put it back to the tenant to prove they can afford the full rent and if they can't move on to someone who will put in the work to get that info to you. If they can't be bothered to do the basics to show they can afford a property from the outset, then I don't want them as a tenant full stop!
10:14 AM, 2nd February 2022, About A year ago
"they wont do this without a contract/TA first - I tell both UC the tenant there is no way this is going to happen"
Likewise. Its an unfortunate catch 22 built into the system. Walk away.
10:01 AM, 3rd February 2022, About A year ago
Perhaps write up an AST with all the correct details but the word DRAFT across it in bold red diagonally across every page.
10:18 AM, 3rd February 2022, About A year ago
Reply to the comment left by Gunga Din at 02/02/2022 - 10:14
made worse by the fact you can't charge a bigger deposit to further reduce the risk in the first place....
Does everyone walk away in this scenario or do other LL's have a way around this or are there any local councils that have come up with ways to be more obliging to LL's to take on such tenants? Just curious!