Data protection is endlessly complicated, and it’s only going to become more so as people, companies and governments become more aware of the value of personal information.
Personal information is becoming ever more important in the digital era. Data is a commodity, and people are growing more and more aware of the need to think carefully when handing over sensitive information about themselves. The recent introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has brought data control into the spotlight, so it’s a good time for us to talk about the information your landlord should and shouldn’t be asking for.
From 25th May this year, data protection legislation is changing, which will affect the way landlords and agents can collect and hold tenants’ personal information. The new GDPR is being introduced EU-wide and the Government has confirmed it will remain in force, even after we leave the EU.
Figures show that HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupancy) are now the second largest rental sector in the UK with some 4.3 million households taking advantage of this low cost housing option, including many visitors from overseas. Although HMOs are a smart solution for many, they are open to abuse and, the police authority is now calling for information sharing to help keep tabs on this growing sector.