Resident Privacy Notice

How we use your personal information

The privacy and security of your personal information is important to us

Through your relationship with us, we hold and process personal information about you. This is subject to data protection legislation.

This privacy notice explains how and why we use your personal data and summarises your rights.  Our aim is that you stay informed and can be confident about giving us your information. We’ll never sell your personal data and will only share it with organisations we work with when it’s appropriate and the privacy and security of your data is assured.

We’ll keep this privacy notice updated to show you all the things we do with your personal data and we’ll let you know about any key changes that affect you.

This privacy notice applies to you if you are a current or former resident or if you are applying to us or contact us about becoming a resident.

The type of information we collect depends on the context and our needs. As a resident, we will collect and process information about you to ensure that we provide you with appropriate housing and, if relevant, support and to comply with the terms of your tenancy agreement with us.

Information may include matters such as your contact details, financial information (including the receipt of benefits), or mental or physical health information (including whether you have any disabilities we should be aware of). We may also need to collect certain information to meet our statutory and regulatory obligations.

We ensure that the information we hold about you is only used for the purposes it was obtained for, and only kept for as long as is necessary for those purposes. We may need to share some information with third parties, such as local authorities, benefits departments, our repairs and maintenance contractors, government departments as required and the emergency services.

You have various rights in relation to your personal data, including the right of subject access or to make a complaint to the regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

This is a brief overview which is explained in more detail below. The rest of this notice is split into sections to make it easier to understand.

If you have any queries about this notice, please contact us using the contacting us section below.

Who are ‘we’?

In this notice, whenever you see the words ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’ or ‘HYELM’, it refers to HYELM.

HYELM is a Company registered in England at Companies House (Number 00244598), a Charity registered by the Charity Commission (Number 215575) and a Registered Social Landlord regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing (Number HO312).

Our ICO registration number is Z7873038.

As a housing provider, our normal activities for our residents can be summarised as:

  • Providing affordable rented housing.
  • Property, grounds maintenance and upkeep at our properties.
  • Managing housing tenancies as a landlord.

We also provide additional services, including:

  • Organising and assisting community events.
  • Offering opportunities to be involved.
  • Providing advice.

Contacting us

If you have any questions in relation to this document or how we use your personal data they should be sent to HYELM’s Data Protection Officer, who is the Company Secretary:

By email:
[email protected] – mark the subject line for the attention of the Data Protection Officer

By post:
Company Secretary
HYELM – Old Street
43-51 New North Road
N1 6JB

Who the personal information relates to

We collect and process personal information about residents. This includes current and former residents (and those who apply to us or contact us about becoming residents) of our properties or access our services. They may include members of their family and people associated with them.

How we collect personal information

We collect information in a variety of ways.

As a resident, you will give us personal data when you apply for a tenancy or sign-up and in the ordinary course of your tenancy. You may also use our website or other social media functions, correspond with us or take part in research.

We also collect information through our ongoing contact and correspondence with you, from people associated with you such as family, friends and neighbours and, if relevant, from third parties such as a local authority.

At our properties we have Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance cameras in in public areas, external entrances and courtyards / terraces.

If you provide us with personal information relating to members of your family or your associates, we will assume that you do so with their knowledge and consent.

It is important that you notify us of any changes to your or other’s personal information as soon as possible so that we can contact you easily and keep our records up to date. 

We may record, monitor, use and store CCTV recordings email or other communication you provide, or we collect, for our purposes including checking any instructions given to us, for training purposes, and to improve the quality of our customer service.

What information we hold about you

When you apply to become a resident, we obtain information to determine your housing needs. 

You will provide us with information through your application form. We will also use information from your employer or referral agent to help us to assess your application.

We will generally hold the following information from residents:

  • Full name including proof of your identity / photo ID.
  • Date of birth.
  • National Insurance number.
  • Contact details, including address of property at which you live and telephone, email and other contact address.
  • Names, contact details and other relevant personal details of any permitted occupiers.
  • Banking details if you make payments to us.
  • Benefit and Council tax information.
  • Proof of housing eligibility which will include current and former employment details such as name of your employer, your job title and description, annual salary, bonuses and contract type.

Other personal information may be collected in order to help us manage your tenancy including dealing with any alleged breaches, anti-social behaviour or suspected fraud.

We may also hold additional information from you concerning:

  • Disabilities or vulnerabilities – We use this information to provide you with an appropriate service and, if relevant, to tailor that service to better meet your needs. We may also use this information for safeguarding of staff.
  • Financial information – Financial data including payment and non-payment of rent and other sums due. It is important that in order to ensure that any arrears payments are settled quickly, therefore we may collect information to help us to work out a plan with you. In addition, to provide welfare, benefits and debt advice as a free service to help you budget, pay your bills, or to support an application for funding.
  • Identification – Photo ID, bank statements, payslips or income details. We will record information when you contact us or use our services (or if we contact you). We note any action taken, for example logging repairs, and feedback from our contractors about appointments with you, so that we have a record of what happened and of our contact with you.

CCTV and photographs

Our properties have CCTV surveillance cameras in the public areas, external entrances and courtyards / terraces. You will be recorded when you move through our communal spaces.

CCTV is used to provide security and to protect users of our properties (including residents, their families and friends, contractors and visitors and communities. CCTV will be only be viewed when necessary (e.g. to detect or prevent crime). Video is stored for 30 days after which it is deleted. If an incident has been captured this footage may be retained for a longer period.

HYELM complies with the ICO’s CCTV Code of Practice and we put up notices so you know that CCTV is used within our properties.

We may take photographs at our events, at our properties and in our communities to use for general marketing and publicity. However, photographs focussed on specific individuals will only be used for those purposes with your consent.

Purposes for which we use your personal information

We use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • To assess and deciding on your application for housing.
  • To enter a tenancy contract (and to renew it).
  • To manage the contract and, more generally, your tenancy. This is likely to include:
  • Collecting rent and other charges and dealing with and recovering any arrears.
  • Carrying out and scheduling repairs and liaising with contractors.
  • Making contact if there is an emergency.
  • Handling any complaints.
  • Dealing with contractors.
  • Dealing with allegations of criminal offences including fraud.
  • Communicating with a view to meeting your needs and our business objectives.
  • Encouraging social inclusion and building communities.
  • Working with the local authorities and other agencies such as the policy to support a safer community and environment free from anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.
  • Considering and making service adjustments to support persons with disabilities.
  • Seeking to monitor services we provide and, if relevant, improve them by obtaining and analysing feedback on services.
  • Updating you on additional services that we may offer and if you wish providing those services.
  • Providing a newsletter and similar communications.
  • Monitoring equality, diversity and inclusion.  Any such information will not inform a decision made about you individually but will be aggregated and used for statistical purposes to assess our services with a view to achieving fairness. 

Legal bases for processing

The processing set out above is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests or those of third parties. These interests include:

  • Managing our properties efficiently and effectively in the interests of all residents and potential residents.
  • Administering our business and operation and communicating with residents and others.
  • Meeting the needs of residents and other in the community including avoiding and dealing with anti-social or illegal behaviour.
  • Contacting residents in the event of emergencies and to carry out repairs.

Information used in connection with creating and managing your tenancy is processed because it is necessary for the purposes of your tenancy contract (or to enter into that contract).

In some circumstances processing may be necessary to comply with legal obligations such as duties under the Equality Act 2010 and under health and safety legislation.

In general, we do not rely on your consent as a ground for processing.  In specific circumstances and with your agreement we may do so.

Special category data

Under data protection legislation certain personal information is classified as “sensitive” or “special category” personal data. This includes information relating to racial or ethnic origin, physical or mental health, sex life or sexual orientation, religious or philosophical beliefs, political opinions, membership of a Trade Union, allegations of criminal offences and criminal convictions and offences, along with biometric data such as fingerprints.

We minimise our holding and use of sensitive categories of personal information but, given the services we provide, there are times when we use it to understand our customers and their needs better, for example when providing accommodation for disabled persons or when resolving neighbourhood disputes involving alleged criminal activity.

We will usually be processing this information to allow us to comply with our legal obligations, act in the substantial public interest in relation to the services we provide or to deal with any legal action.

There may be times where we need to ask you for your consent to use this type of personal information, in which case we will always notify you and make this clear.

Sharing your information

Your personal information will be kept secure. Our staff have restricted access to personal information on a “need to know” basis. 

We may share information with third parties, including contractors we work with such as our repairs and maintenance contractors, agencies and authorities we work with, such as Local Authorities and the Police.

Our third party cloud hosting and IT infrastructure providers are data processors who process information on our behalf.

We will share certain information in appropriate circumstances with our regulators and funders. We will also share relevant information with others when HYELM believes it is in your, or the public’s, interest to do so, such as to keep customers, staff or visitors safe, or as required by law.

In particular, please be aware:

  • Current or forwarding addresses may be shared with utility companies and Council Tax offices to ensure that any contractual relationships are managed.
  • If you default on any tenancy conditions, information about you may be provided to authorised debt recovery agencies, to enable them to recover the debt. This may affect future applications for tenancies, credit and insurance.  Information may also be provided to our legal advisors in connection with claims and recovery.
  • We may discuss your financial situation, rent payments (including any arrears) and any claims made for welfare benefits with an external debt advice agency, welfare rights advisor, the housing benefit department or the local authorities’ housing advice and homeless prevention team to make sure that benefits are paid correctly.
  • We may pass data about your rent payment record to credit reference agencies. This will enable them to assist other organisations to assess your financial standing if you apply for products and services.
  • We may pass your contact information to a third party to conduct surveys and research on our behalf which allow us to gather feedback and improve the services we offer you. The third party will be bound to strict terms and conditions outlined by us and will not share your data with other organisations. Should you choose not to participate in the surveys the third party will securely destroy your data.
  • We may share your National Insurance number to verify your Universal Credit application and manage these payments and to prevent and investigate tenancy fraud.

When we allow third parties acting on behalf of HYELM to access to your information, we will always have complete control of what they see, how long they see it for and what they are allowed to do with it.

We do not sell or share your personal information for other organisations to use.

How we secure your data

Information system and data security is imperative to us to ensure that we are keeping your data safe.

We operate a robust and thorough process for assessing, managing and protecting new and existing systems which ensures that they are up to date and secure against the ever-changing threat landscape.

Personal information is stored and managed within IT software systems using hardware which are maintained to achieve a high level of security. We hold information in IT systems which may be copied for testing, backup, archiving and disaster recovery purposes.

Our employees complete mandatory data protection training on a regular basis to reinforce responsibilities and requirements set out in our policies. Only those staff members and third parties who require access to your information will be able to access it.

When you trust us with your data, we will keep your information secure. By utilising strong encryption when your information is stored or in transit, we minimise the risk of unauthorised access or disclosure; when entering information on our website, you can check this is secure by right clicking on the padlock icon in the address bar.

HYELM are based in the UK and we store most of our data within the European Union (EU). Some organisations which provide services to us may transfer data outside the European Economic Area, but we’ll only allow this if your data is adequately protected.

How long do we keep your information?

We will only use and store your information for as long as it is required for the purposes it was collected for. How long information will be stored for depends on what it is being used for.

Sometimes we may also need to keep information for statutory or regulatory purposes or to deal with any legal claims.

Data collected will be stored in line with the guidelines issued by the National Housing Federation. In exceptional cases other timescales will be used and the reasons recorded.

Your rights

You have various rights in your personal data including the right:

  • to ask us for access to information about you that we hold.
  • to have your personal data rectified, if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • to request the deletion or removal of personal data in certain circumstances – for example where processing is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed.
  • to restrict our use of your personal data (i.e. permitting its storage but nothing further) in certain circumstances – for example where processing is unlawful, but you oppose its deletion.
  • to request that we transfer your information directly to a new landlord or other third party.

These rights are subject to statutory conditions. Further information appears on the Information Commissioner’s website at:

If you would like further information or to exercise any of these rights, please contact us.


We may sometimes process your data for specific purposes which require your consent. If we do this, we will always ask for your specific consent.

Where we are processing your personal data based on your consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This may affect the services that we can make available to you, but this will be explained to you.

Please contact us if this is the case.

Complaints or concerns

If you are unhappy with our use of your personal data, or anything in this notice, please talk to us directly so we can help to resolve any problem or query.

You also have the right to raise any concerns with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).  They can be contacted by post:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

By calling 0303 123 1113 or by email [email protected]

Their website is

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