GDPR – we can help you comply with the new rules

When does the GDPR take effect?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018.

What is the GDPR?

The GDPR will change the law surrounding data protection and will affect the way you, as a letting agent or landlord, process personal data and you do need to be compliant with the rules as of 25 May 2018. The regulation is geared towards giving back the person, whose data you are processing, the power of controlling what is done with their personal information.

What do landlords and letting agents need to do?

The regulation will require landlords and letting agents to look at their privacy policy, and the day-to-day practicalities of how they process and store personal data. It will also require letting agents to consider the contractual relationships they have with third party organisations, such as maintenance contractors and most likely require that their agreements be updated to fall in line with the GDPR.

What does SAL offer to help members comply?

The SAL website resources area gives our members access to full guidance notes and model documentation. The best starting point is to download the documents below. We advise you to set aside some time to read them through and decide what you need to do.

Landlord member resources:

GDPR factsheet for landlords.
GDPR full guidance notes for landlords.
GDPR quick compliance checklist for landlords.

Member agent resources:

GDPR factsheet for letting agents.
GDPR full guidance notes for letting agents.
GDPR quick compliance checklist for letting agents.

These documents contain links to suites of model documentation specifically tailored to landlords and to letting agents (members must be logged in to download the documents).

Need help to log in or help with GDPR?

We are aware there is a lot of information in the resources. We are here to help and guide members to get this right. If you need help to log in to our website or require assistance with GDPR related questions, our experienced, trusted advisers will be pleased to talk you through the steps. It’s quick and easy to arrange an advice call back.

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