The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is receiving an unprecedented number of calls from private landlords seeking last-minute advice on how to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it has emerged, many of which are queries around what data can and can’t be stored.
GDPR, which was introduced last week, is the greatest shake-up to data privacy in 20 years. The new legislation gives individuals increased rights when it comes to the use, storage and deletion of their personal data, and as a landlord, you may be affected if you manage properties yourself, which explains why the RLA is currently receiving a record number of calls.
“It’s a very busy time for the advice team at the moment, with the new regulation coming into force understandably many landlords are calling up about GDPR, and we’ve had thousands of calls,” said Rupinder Aujla, landlord advice team manager.
With questions ranging from understanding what the regulation is, to privacy notices and registering with the Information Commissioners Office, Aujla is openly inviting RLA members with queries about GDPR to contact the association for advice.
In addition to offering advice for landlords, RLA provides training courses, including GDPR e-Learning, available at £10 for RLA members and £18 for non-members, enabling landlords to learn exactly how the regulation will affect them, and what they are required to do.
As well as this, a wide range of suggested sample documents for landlords are available for members to download on the RLA website.