Earnshaw Kay (Huddersfield) LLP
64-66 John William Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1EH. Co number OC345396
Tel: 01484 455100
Email: [email protected]
What this Notice is about
This Privacy Notice tells you what information we obtain and hold about you. It explains what information we collect, why we collect it, and what we do with it, as well as who we share it with. We collect and handle personal information about our tenants and purchasers and prospective tenants and prospective purchasers along with any guarantors to enable us to provide residential accommodation. This includes dealing with applications for tenancies and purchases, checking the suitability of applicants, along with any guarantors (including credit, immigration and similar referencing checks), arranging lettings, property management (including dealing with repairs), rent collection, dealing with any complaints, maintaining our accounts and records, tenancy terminations and administering tenancy deposits. We also collect personal data from landlords and vendors and potential landlords and vendors.
We call this information “your information”. It is also referred to as “data”.
Where this notice is given to more than one person it is given to each of you separately.
You should read this notice when you give us information so you are aware of how and why we are using this. Please update us if any information supplied by you changes.
Why we are giving you this notice
We are required by data protection law to give you this notice. We must be open with you about why information is collected about you and then what is done with it. We must act fairly in relation to this information. You have various legal rights relating to this information which are spelt out in more detail in this notice.
In order that we can collect or use information about you there must be a legal basis or gateway for doing so. This notice identifies the relevant gateway for the various types of information we collect and hold about you. A detailed explanation of these gateways is given in this notice.
Under data protection legislation we can only process data “as necessary” and only to the extent that it is needed. For example, we can use your bank details regarding payments and other limited purposes only. However, in certain instances, as necessary, we can share any of your data, e.g. with our own professional advisers. We may also share any of your data, as necessary, with the police/law enforcement agencies or regulatory authorities.
References to a tenant in this notice also include a guarantor if there is one. This is because a guarantor underwrites a tenant’s obligations so references to your tenancy are to include your guarantee.
The data we collect/hold about you
We use different ways to collect data about you including the information you supply to us to receive our services.
As necessary personal data is processed by us (or by any credit referencing agency we use): –
We also generate and use data internally.
We also collect and receive data about you from third parties. This may be information given to us by other tenants or neighbours or guarantors. Public bodies such as local authorities or the police, or other law enforcement agencies may give us information about you. This can include the Department for Work and Pensions or the local authority where you are receiving Universal Credit or housing benefit. Information may be given to us relevant to Council Tax by the local authority. Utility companies or service providers may also give us personal information about you. We obtain information about you when we carry out credit checks or take up references. We may also receive information from you via websites or from online rental portals such as Openrent, Gumtree or Rightmove or Zoopla. Any information which we receive in this way is set out in the Table to this privacy notice which gives you more details about information which we can receive from third parties.
Sharing data with others
We will share information we hold with others, where this is necessary. When we do this, we must comply with data protection legislation. Information can be shared with other landlords, lettings agents or estate agents, including where you apply to another landlord for a tenancy; contractors/ suppliers/tradespeople, for example for the maintenance of your property; utilities and service providers; financial organisations (including banks and insurance companies); credit and identity referencing companies; database management companies any other named party to a signed contract, such as a landlord or tenant; independent financial advisors; debt collection and tracing agents; public and government bodies (including those who administer benefits, such as the Department for Work and Pensions or the local authority); solicitors and conveyancing agents; surveying companies; EPC companies; mortgage brokers; accountants; courts; police and law enforcement agencies; taxation authorities; local authorities in relation to Council Tax and regulatory functions. We may need to share information with your next of kin etc., e.g. in an emergency. It may be necessary for us to share information with a future owner of the property if a rental property is being sold. If you are a tenant living in a flat or if you are purchasing a flat we give information to the freeholder, managing agent etc., for the block of flats. We also send notifications to and have correspondence with any tenancy deposit scheme protecting any tenancy deposit which has been paid. In some cases, we may be under a legal obligation to provide information either because of the law or because of a contractual obligating binding on us.
In the event that we sell any part of our business, your details will be disclosed to our advisers and any prospective purchaser’s adviser and will be passed to the new owners of the business.
Joint tenants and guarantors
Where you have a tenancy jointly with someone else or there is a guarantor for your tenancy, as necessary, we will share information either with the joint tenant or the guarantor (or both). This relates to your performance of your responsibilities under the tenancy agreement including information about any rent arrears or other breach of the tenancy terms. It can also relate to issues around the termination of the tenancy and any claims we may have as a result.
Immigration/right to rent checks
By law, in England, we are required to check your immigration status before we rent a property to you. This means that you are legally obliged to produce certain documentation (e.g. a passport or driving licence) to us. This applies whether or not you are a UK or EU citizen. Not only are we required to see original documentation but we must take and keep copies of it. We also check this documentation as part of our process to verify your identity at the outset of the tenancy. Prospective tenants and all adult residents who will live at the property must be checked.
Search engines, websites, etc
As necessary, we obtain information about you which is publically available via search engines such as Google or Facebook and websites. This will include information about you which you yourself made public. However, when doing so we make sure that we comply with applicable guidelines under data protection legislation.
Special categories of data/sensitive personal data
In limited situations we will process information about your health or any disability. This data is given special protection under data protection law. Normally we would expect to ask you for your explicit consent before we collect or use this kind of data.
In cases where you rent a property where a child resides, information will be given to us about resident children; usually by an adult such as a parent on their behalf. Data protection law requires us to give such information additional protection where we collect or use it. In particular, where the rented property is located in England, we need to check on the age of any residents to see whether or not an immigration/right to rent check must be carried out.
Why we collect data and the legal basis for processing your personal data
We must tell you why we collect and hold information about you.
We must also have a legal basis before we are allowed to collect or process your personal data. Processing personal data includes recording, storing, altering, using, sharing or deleting data. We only need one of these “gateways” and for our purposes they are –
This notice identifies the relevant gateway applicable in each case. In some cases, we will rely on more than one gateway depending on the particular purpose for which we are using your data.
Additionally, any data must be processed by us fairly and openly.
Why we process your data
The various purposes for which it may be necessary for us to process various categories of your information include: –
We may change the purposes where this is compatible for the purpose for which we obtained the data originally. If we need to use your data for a non-compatible purpose we will notify you and explain the legal gateway that allows us to do so. We may process your information without your knowledge where this is required or permitted by law.
We will monitor, record and retain your calls, emails, text messages, social media messages and other communications. This is in our legitimate interests to maintain an accurate record of these. This may be necessary to manage the sale/purchase of a property or to manage your tenancy or the property or to deal with your application for a tenancy or sale or to deal with tenants/purchasers or prospective tenants/purchasers/guarantors. We need these records for our ongoing dealings with you, including our data protection obligations.
Length of storage of data
Data can only be stored on a time limited basis and not indefinitely. We will hold personal data about you for the duration of your tenancy and for seven years after your tenancy has ended or a sale has been agreed. This is the statutory limitation period of six years plus a further year to allow for service of proceedings should proceedings commence later. We are also required to retain information for up to six years for tax purposes. If your tenancy application or potential purchase does not go ahead then we retain data for seven years. We will also retain landlords, potential landlords, vendors and potential vendors data for a period of seven years from the date you cease to be an active customer.
Storage and security of data
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
All our information is stored securely electronically on servers or devices. Certain information is also retained on a secure basis in hard copy format.
When we install CCTV, this is for security purposes in cases where we consider that it is in our legitimate interests to carry out such monitoring which must be done in accordance with legal requirements. We may also use CCTV to detect breaches of the tenancy terms, e.g. in the common parts or outside the building. Recordings will be kept for these purposes.
Where we hold personal data about you, you are the data subject. Data protection legislation gives you a number of rights. To exercise any of these rights you should contact us via email, phone or in writing, details are at the beginning of this notice. Normally no fee is payable.
In particular you have a right to object to the processing of your information where we are processing this in our own legitimate interests or those of someone else. This applies if you feel that this impacts on your own interests or your fundamental rights or freedoms.
These rights are as follows –
Withdrawal of consent
Where your consent provides us with the legal gateway to process data about you you can withdraw this at any time by telling us by email or post using the telephone/addresses given above. You also have a right to opt out of direct marketing at any time.
We operate our own internal complaints policy and if you have any concerns about the way in which we collect or handle data please contact us.
Additionally, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Supervisory Authority who is –
Information Commissioner’s Office