23:37 PM, 6th February 2012, About 10 years ago 6
Do you think Landlords need to have a Data Protection Licence?
My opinion of this is that the rules are very clear. Any person carrying on business who holds personal and/or financial data about other people should be licensed and take proper care to protect any data they hold, whether that’s computer or paper records.
To quote the Information Commissioners office “If you handle personal information about individuals, you have a number of legal obligations to protect that information under the Data Protection Act 1998.”
Landlords hold all sorts of data which qualifies for Data protection including tenant applications, tenancy agreements, references, National Insurance numbers, copy payslips, copy passports and driving licences, etc. etc. etc.
As tenants become more and more legally savvy you can bet that some will be looking for every opportunity to push you into any hole that you dig for yourself. This also extends to sharing information. For example, if you share information about a tenant with a referencing company you had better be sure that you have made provisions in your tenancy agreement and/or your tenant application forms for the tenant to grant you permission to do this. The time to get this permission is before you hand over they keys, once you have done so you’ve lost your power.
It is very easy for people to check whether you have a Data Protection Act Licence, they just do a search here
If you are in any doubt as to what I am saying please leave a comment and also check this link.
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