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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Data protection

Advice for landlords in Northern Ireland

This page is for landlords operating in Northern Ireland.  You can find advice for tenants elsewhere on our website. Private landlords in Northern Ireland can call Landlord Advice on 028 9024 5640 and choose option 5. 

You must register with the Information Commissioners Office if

  • you collect personal information about tenants (such as names, phone numbers etc), and
  • you collect, share or store this information using a phone, computer or other electronic device.

How do landlords register with the ICO?

Register online.

Most people have to pay a fee to register. The amount you pay depends on the size of your company. Use the ICO's self-assessment tool to work out if you have to pay a registration fee.

Advice on data protection

Visit the ICO website for information and advice about your responsibilities.

The website has a self-assessment tool for sole traders and small businesses. This can help you understand if you follow data protection requirements. 

RentSmart Wales has a free guide on data protection for landlords. This explains data protection law for landlords and letting agents.