10:52 AM, 11th August 2016, About 5 years ago 17
Readers of property 118 will recall that the ICO ruled that the application form for Liverpool landlord licensing was deemed to be in breach of the data protection act.
Furthermore the condition relating to ASB was in breach of the deregulation act. It has been brought to my attention by several landlords that the authority is now demanding immediate payment and threatening landlords with prosecution. The reality is that the real misery for landlords starts when they receive their licences as this organisation can then pursue them for perceived breaches of licence conditions and institute criminal proceedings against law abiding citizens who have never graced the inside of a courtroom.
Unfortunately it gets worse. The new application forms are still in breach of the DPA as they request the same amount of excessive information as the previous forms ,the only difference being that the reference to DBS has been omitted.
Tonight another shocking flaw has been flagged up to me by a major letting agency in the city. Liverpool council are demanding to know names of landlords, their dates of birth and information about their criminal convictions despite this not being relevant at all.
When an agent applies for a licence the agent is responsible for compliance, in fact landlords who themselves may not be in a position to get a licence as they reside abroad use agents for this purpose. Not good enough for the Liverpool who now are attempting to involve agents in their data breach exercise.
Finally I can confirm that last Friday 5th August another complaint was submitted to the ICO re the activities of this Disgraceful council.
I would urge every Liverpool landlord to reject the Licence and demand that a new application form which is fully compliant is issued by the council.
I would further urge every Landlord who has used an agent to establish if that agent has supplied information to Liverpool which was not necessary ie Dates of Birth etc. It would appear to me that grounds exist for a class action for data breaches should now be seriously considered.
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