Legal information including privacy & cookies notices
Homes for the South West is a group of 11 of the largest housing associations in South West England.
Homes for the South West is a voluntary membership organisation and does not have legal form. One nominated member organisation acts as the Homes for the South West Data Controller at any time. Currently, that organisation is Alliance Homes Group.
Alliance Homes manages this website on behalf of Homes for the South West and their privacy notice explains more about how they use personal data.
We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy statement will tell you how we look after your personal data and tell you about your privacy rights.
This privacy statement applies regardless of how you provide personal data to us.
Purpose of this Privacy Statement
This privacy statement tells you how Alliance Homes collects and processes your personal data obtained by any method, including data you may provide through our website, when you make an enquiry, raise a problem or query, sign up to our newsletter, apply for a tenancy or any housing provided by us, participate in a shared ownership scheme, purchase a property from us, move into a property we provide service to, or request to use or be supplied with any of our (or our contractors’) services.
We have a separate privacy statement for people who work for us. If you are an occupier of one of our homes and you apply to work for us, then we will give you further information about the personal data that we will need and how we will use it.
We offer a number of specialist support services. These are:
|· Anti-social behaviour||· Financial inclusion and debt advice|
|· Young carers||· Sheltered housing (inc. alarms)|
|· Carers Support||· Home from Hospital|
|· Service user support groups||· Early Intervention Accommodation|
These services require us to collect, process and share data that is very specific to that service. We will give you a separate notice, and ask for your consent, when you enter that service.
It is important that you read this privacy statement together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy statement supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.
Third Party links on our website
Our website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins, and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.
Cookies on our website
Alliance Homes is the controller and responsible for your personal data (collectively referred to as “we”, “us”, or “our” in this privacy statement).
We have appointed a data protection officer who is responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact the data protection officer using the details set out below.
Our full name: NSAH (Alliance Homes) Limited is a housing association regulated by the Regulator for Social Housing (number L4459). NSAH (Alliance Homes) Limited is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (registration number IP29804R). Registered office: 40 Martingale Way, Portishead, North Somerset, BS20 7AW
Other members of the Alliance Homes Group are Alliance Homes (Ventures) Limited, Alliance Homes Partnerships Limited.
ICO registration number: Z9355710
Name or title of data protection officer: Director of Business Services
Email address: [email protected]
Postal Address: 40 Martingale Way, Portishead, North Somerset, BS20 7AW
You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.
It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.
The data we collect about you
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).
We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:
- Identity Data includes first name, maiden name, last name, username or similar identifier, marital status, title, date of birth, gender, or image.
- Contact Data includes home address, email address and telephone numbers necessary for us to enter into a contract for services with you and to fulfil our obligations under that contract. We will ask for your preferred method of contact and try to use that whenever we can.
- Household Data means the number and age of members of your family and anyone else living with you.
- Financial Data includes bank account and payment card details where we take payments from you for our services. Bank statements, details of income and expenditure for the purposes of affordability checks and budgeting support
- Transaction Data includes details about payments to and from you and us, for example the amount and timing of payments for rent made by you to us
- Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.
We also collect, use, and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as you cannot be identified from this data. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.
We may collect Special Categories of Personal Data this includes:
- Information about your health where that is necessary for us to provide our services to you, for example where we provide you with accommodation or services adapted to your needs.
- Information about your ethnic origin, sexual orientation, and religion. We never use this to make decisions about any individual; we will use it only to help us monitor and review whether we are providing our services equally. We will always allow you to choose whether you give us this data.
We may also collect information about criminal convictions and offences. We will do this only where it is relevant to your use of our services or housing provided by us, for example convictions for arson, housing fraud, sexual offences or the use or supply of drugs.
For our specialist support services we may collect other types of data. If that is the case we will tell you when you use the service.
Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with goods or services). In this case, we may have to cancel a product or service you have with us but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.
How your personal data is collected
Direct interactions. You may give us your Identity, Contact, Household and Financial Data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:
- apply for housing or shared ownership,
- create an account on our website;
- subscribe to our service or publications;
- use our services;
- provide feedback.
Third parties or publicly available sources; We may receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources such as:
- Department of Work and Pensions;
- Department for Levelling up, Housing and communities;
- Other landlords;
- Debt collection agencies;
- Health Authorities or Health Professionals.
We sometimes get data from other referral agencies for our specialist support services and where this is the case we will inform you when you are referred to the service.
How we use your personal data
We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:
- Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you; for example, to carry out repairs to your home.
- Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests; for example, to monitor a rent account, identify and recover any debts.
- Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation and appropriate safeguards are in place to protect your fundamental rights; for example, to establish the right of an individual to rent a home from us.
- Where it is necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defence of legal claims.
- For reasons of substantial public interest.
Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data other than in relation to sending third party direct marketing communications to you via email.
An exception is when you use our specialist support services. In this instance we rely on your consent to collect and process data necessary for that service.
Where we do rely on consent we will always explain what data we are collecting and why and ask you to make a positive choice to consent. You have the right to withdraw consent at any time by contacting us.
Purposes for which we will use your personal data
We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.
Note that we may process your personal data on different lawful grounds depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below.
|Purpose/Activity||Type of data||Lawful basis for processing including basis of legitimate interest|
|To register you as an applicant for housing||(a) Identity (b) Contact (c) Household (d) Special Category Data (e) Criminal convictions (f) Financial information||(a) Performance of a contract with you (b) Necessary for the purpose of carrying out our obligations in law (c) Necessary for reasons of substantial public interest|
|To process and deliver our service including: (a) Manage payments, fees, and charges (b) Collect and recover money owed to us||(a) Identity (b) Contact (c) Financial (d) Transaction (e) Marketing and Communications||(a) Performance of a contract with you (b) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to recover debts due to us)|
|To administer and protect our operations||(a) Identity (b) Contact (c) Household (d) Special Category Data (e) Criminal convictions||(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests (b) Necessary for the purpose of carrying out our obligations in law (c) Necessary for reasons of substantial public interest|
Examples of what we mean by “lawful basis” are:
- To perform a contract (for example, a tenancy agreement or lease):
a) to take steps prior to entering into the contract such as checking references
b) to decide whether to enter into it
c) to manage and perform the contract; to fulfil our obligations and responsibilities, for example to do repairs
d) to update records
e) to contact you about the contract, your account, and to recover any debts
- For our legitimate interests, or for those of other people or organisations:
a) for the good governance and good management of our business and website
b) for the good management of our homes (including their upkeep and condition)
c) for the good management of our communities, our estates, and neighbourhoods
d) to monitor communications with and activity of our customers
e) for market research, analysis and developing statistics
f) to send communications about our business and how it supports our occupiers
g) to establish and defend our legal rights
h) in the event of a merger, reorganisation, or restructuring.
- To carry out our obligations in law:
a) dealing with requests under data protection law and regulation
b) for activities relating to the prevention, detection, and investigation of crime
c) to verify identity, check immigration status, prevent fraud and money laundering
- Reasons of substantial public interest:
a) the prevention of crime and unlawful acts
b) to monitor and review equality of opportunity to access our products and services
Additionally, if you have given your consent (for example when using one of our specialist support services) then we rely on that consent as the lawful basis for processing data.
We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising.
You may receive marketing communications by post from us if you have requested information from us or purchased from us or if you provided us with your details and, in each case, you have not opted out of receiving that marketing.
You may opt out of receiving these communications from us at any time. Where you opt out of receiving these marketing messages, this will not apply to personal data provided to us as a result of your tenancy or any other contract, service, or other transaction with us.
We do not share your personal data with any third party for marketing purposes.
Change of purpose
We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.
If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law, for example where there is a medical emergency or a safeguarding issue.
Sharing your personal data
We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below:
- Service providers acting as processors who provide IT, payment and system administration services or carry out repairs, improvements, or cleaning at our properties.
- Professional advisers, including lawyers, bankers, auditors, and insurers who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services.
- HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities acting as processors or joint controllers based in the United Kingdom who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.
- Local Authorities such as district, borough and city councils or government departments such as the Department for Work and Pensions and Department For Levelling up, Housing and Communities where we are under a legal obligations to provide them with your personal information, or where we share information to assist us to provide you with certain services.
- The Police where that is necessary to protect the safety of our tenants, staff and third parties and to prevent damage to property.
- Fraud prevention, credit reference and debt collection agencies. Utility companies where we are required to do so to deal with occupiers’ debt.
- Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our operations or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other operations or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy notice.
- In an emergency, with another party where doing so will protect a person’s vital interest.
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
If you use one of our specialist support services then we may share your special category data with other parties with your explicit consent.
We may also share data with anyone else if you ask us to do so, for example landlord references, enquiries you make through a third party, at your request.
We do not transfer your personal data outside the European Economic Area.
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.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
Where we collect data in order to assess your application for a product or service (for example when you apply for housing) we will keep that data only for as long as we need it to make the assessment and to deal with any queries that arise from that decision.
For legal reasons we have to keep basic information about our customers and tenants (including Contact, Identity, Household, Financial and Transaction Data) for six years after they cease being customers or tenants.
We will keep the most basic information (your name, the property address, and dates of tenancy) about your tenancy for 60 years so that we have a record if you wish to take part in any Right to Buy schemes in the future.
Where you have applied for a shared ownership property we will keep all applications for 6 months and shortlisted applications for 12 months. Details of shared owners will be kept for 6 years after they have moved on or purchased the property.
Whilst we have general retention periods, we may need to depart from these from time to time where there is good reason to do so, for example where there are statutory or regulatory requirements, or we need to keep the information to deal with any legal claims.
In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see below for further information.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.
Your legal rights
Under certain circumstances, you have the following rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data:
- Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
- Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.
- Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where
- there is no good reason for us continuing to process it;
- you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below);
- we have processed your information unlawfully
- we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law.
We will not be able to comply with your request where any of the above do not apply. Otherwise, we will comply with your request unless an exemption applies.
- Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) or acting in the public interest if you consider that your personal circumstances mean that this detrimentally impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.
- Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data:-
- if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy;
- where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it;
- where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims;
- you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.
- Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format.
- Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data.
If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us in writing via email to [email protected], by post to Business Services, Alliance Homes, 40 Martingale Way, Portishead, North Somerset, BS20 7AW or by telephone 03000 120 120.
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive, or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.