Data Protection talk from a landlord’s perspective
GPRLA – Data Protection talk from a landlord’s perspective
Rachel Masterton from the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) gave us a talk on the requirements of landlords in the Data Protection (Guernsey) Law 2017 at our recent open meeting. This was interesting and informative.
Rachel’s presentation document is posted on our website separately.
In a nutshell, there are 3 legal aspects that concern private landlords, as individuals in business.
1) The requirement to register with the ODPC as a data controller at an annual fee (currently £50), though it could become a requirement in future, is currently exempt unless you have CCTV installed. Note that if your property is part of a complex which has CCTV installed in the communal areas by a management company, you are still exempt unless it is also installed in your private area.
3) There is also a requirement to show that any data breaches are recorded and reported. This is covered in the presentation including the link to a guidance document.
The OPDC are very approachable and reasonable, so they are happy for landlords to contact them with any questions. There are also guidance notes available, and all this appears in the presentation.
If you are a landlord but aren’t yet a GPRLA member please join us by going into our website www.guernseylandlords.gg and clicking on ‘Join’ then follow the instructions.