Should landlords have the right to refuse DSS tenants?10:43 AM, 20th May 2019
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As a matter of urgency, we ask all members and Property118 readers to email the information commissioner: email@example.com.
The basis of our complaint is that, as landlords we cannot sign up to Sefton’s new licensing scheme because it is not GDPR compliant. They ask for details of landlords properties outside of their area. This is excessive and not necessary, and is therefore, a breach. They may ask us for details which outline where we may have licences, in order to verify that we are fit and proper. However, the Council asking for a list of your property addresses, cannot be justified and it is not up to landlords to ensure Council is compliant.
Secondly, the council cannot possibly maintain this data as current and up to date as landlords may sell or acquire property at any given time, and they are not obliged by law, to inform the council unless it is specifically a property licensed by Sefton.
I appreciate that you may not be interested in Sefton, but this is a trial case. If we knock Sefton, it opens the door to attacking other councils. Plus, it opens the door for landlords to sue councils for data breaches.
Please everybody, even if you have emailed the ICO before, do so again. We must keep the pressure on.
A meeting has been arranged on the 1st of March to hand over a file on this issue to Damien Moore MP. Please can everyone remember that the power is in our numbers.
Thank you all for your valued assistance.
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