Forwarding Addresses

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Forwarding Addresses. Quite often a utility company, or others, will request from you as a landlord, a forwarding address of former tenants. Even though you might be happy to do this, you must not contravene the Data Protection Act. If you hold personal information about tenants on computer, you are bound by the Data Protection Act and should be registered with them. One of the obligations you must observe is not to disclose information held by you about a person unless they have given their consent. Respond to the utility company saying that you cannot disclose any information about former tenants – remember utility companies quote the Data Protection Act to YOU!

As regards the local authority and council tax, if they want to know a former tenant’s forwarding address so they can chase unpaid council tax, no doubt they will quote the Local Government Finance Act 1992, SI 613 to you. However, these regulations only empower the local authority to determine an occupier’s liability to council tax.

14/01/2007 00:00

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