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GDPR for landlords. Have you registered and paid your data protection fee with the ICO?

Posted on May 31st, 2018 -

From 25 May 2018, the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018 requires every organisation or sole trader who processes personal information to pay a data protection fee to the ICO, unless they are exempt.

Take this test if you are unsure whether you need to pay the fee to the ICO;


Landlord Training Course

Posted on May 25th, 2018 -

Landlord Training Course 

Friday 6th July 2018 – 9:30am – 4:30pm 

Venue – Astor Room, Plymouth Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 1HA

If you are accredited this will count towards your CPD hours, but the course is open to all.

Cost for SWLA members – £65.

Cost for non-SWLA members – £75. 

Course will cover:-    

  • HMO’s – including new licensing legislation as from 1st October 2018.
  • GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) – what you need to know about the New Data Protection legislation.
  • Other forthcoming legislation changes. 

Places secured upon receipt of payment, book your place through the office 01752 510913.

Course will be instructed by Stephen Fowler from Training for Professionals.

Meeting with Luke Pollard MP

Posted on May 21st, 2018 -

Luke Pollard MP met with Chair/Vice Chair and Policy Officer at SWLA offices, Dale Road, on 18th May 2018.

Items on the agenda included GDPR/PRS registration of Landlords/Agents Fees/Agents qualifications/electrical safety checks/Universal Credit. A very constructive meeting was much appreciated.

GDPR Landlord’s Guide

Posted on May 18th, 2018 -

SWLA’s Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will apply from 25th May 2018

GDPR will form the new standard by which landlords and agents deal with personal information from their tenants, prospective tenants, residents and guarantors and any others from whom they collect information. It replaces the Data Protection Act and introduces significant changes to the way you should process personal information.

1. If you haven’t done so already, register with the ICO (Information Commissioners Office). It costs £40.00 per year for most landlords.



2. Use the ICO’s ‘12 step process’ to review your business and make adjustments to comply with GDPR;



3. You as a landlord are the ‘Data Controller’. Operations which are subject to GDPR are called ‘Data Processing’ and includes collecting data, storing data, altering data, sharing data and destroying/deleting data. Part of the ‘12 step process’ is to review and audit all the information that you receive and record what you do with it.


4. Another important part of the ’12 step process’ is to issue all new/existing tenants/residents, guarantors and prospective tenants with an updated privacy notice.



Amended Gas Safety Rules for Landlords

Posted on May 3rd, 2018 -

New regulations introduced in April 2018 allow a landlord to arrange for a gas safety check to be carried out any time from 10-12 calendar months after the previous check whilst still preserving the original check expiry date.

For further information please see the Gas Safe website;



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