Privacy Policy

The following information constitutes our privacy notice. In this document, "we", "our", or "us" refer to Inspire Estates Ltd trading as Inspire. Our registered office is at 10 Heath Drive, Sutton, Surrey, England, SM2 5RP.We are company number 06944084 registered in the United Kingdom.You can contact us by e-mail about privacy at info@inspireestates.co.uk.

Introduction

  1.              This is a notice to inform you of our policy about all information that we record about you. It sets out the conditions under which we may process any information that we collect from you, or that you provide to us. It covers information that could identify you (“personal information”) and information that could not. In the context of the law and this notice, “process” means collect, store, transfer, use or otherwise act on information.
  2.              We take seriously the protection of your privacy and confidentiality. We understand that you are entitled to know that your personal data will not be used for any purpose unintended by you and will not accidentally fall into the hands of a third party.
  3.              We undertake to preserve the confidentiality of all information you provide to us, and hope that you reciprocate.
  4.              Our policy complies with UK law accordingly implemented, including that required by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  5.              The law requires us to tell you about your rights and our obligations to you in regards to the processing and control of your personal data. We do this now, by requesting that you read the information provided at www.knowyourprivacyrights.org
  6.              Except as set out below, we do not share, or sell, or disclose to a third party, any information collected through our website or otherwise.

Personal information we may process

We aim to process data, whether personal data or not, only to the extent necessary for us to provide our clients with our services and for other agreed purposes.Often, we may aggregate information in a general way and use it to provide class information. If we use it for this purpose, you as an individual will not be personally identifiable.Personal information that we may process may include:Client informationIf you are a client, personal information may include your identity and contact information, information about your family members, and financial information.We may also process information deemed to be “special category” information, such as your race or ethnic origin, and information about criminal records.

In most cases, your personal data will have been provided to us by you. However, with your consent, or if it is necessary in order to provide you with our services, we may have obtained your personal data from a third party source.

We may collect information about you from a variety of sources. This includes information we collect directly from you; information we collect when you visit our sites, view our online content or use our mobile applications or other services; and information we collect about you from other sources.

 

Information we collect directly from you

We collect information directly from you when you choose to call or e-mail us, participate in our offers, register on our websites or in our mobile applications, or otherwise provide information directly to us. The following are examples of information we may collect directly from you:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Postal address
  • Telephone and/or mobile number
  • Date of birth
  • Demographic information
  • Payment information (such as a debit card) and bank account details
  • Future communication preferences
  • Telephone number and recordings when you call our office

Information we collect when you visit our sites, view our online ads or promotions, or use our mobile applications or other services

We use cookies and other technologies to collect information when you visit our sites, view our online advertisements or promotions, or use our mobile applications or other services. The following are examples of information we may collect with these technologies:

  • Information about your device browser and operating system.
  • IP address
  • Web pages you view
  • Links you click
  • Inspire emails you open

Information Inspire collects from other sources

We may obtain information about you from other sources, including publicly available sources, such as the Land Registry, social media platforms or referral agents, etc. Examples of information we may collect from other sources are:

  • Name.
  • Postal address.
  • Email address.
  • Date of birth.
  • Income level.
  • Publicly observed activities or information made available by you to the public, such as blogs, videos, internet postings, and user generated content.

How Inspire uses this information

We use the information we collect to provide you products, offers and services, to deliver to you, advertisements, offers or other content tailored to your interests, and to conduct other Inspire business operations. The following are examples of how we may use the information we collect:

  • Answer your questions or respond to your requests.
  • Develop new products and services.
  • Enrol you in contests, programs, or offers that you request.
  • Process payment for purchases or other services.
  • Protect against or identify possible fraudulent transactions.
  • Send you email and/or postal messages with information about Inspire and other content we think may be of interest to you.
  • Telephone you about Inspire and other content we think may be of interest to you.
  • Develop and provide Marketing tailored to your interests, including interest-based marketing.
  • Personalise your experience on our websites by presenting products and information tailored to you.
  • Analyse the use of, and develop, our products, services and marketing. Enforce our Terms and Conditions and otherwise manage our business.

Inspire will only process your information in pursuance of our legitimate interest if we receive any requests related to, for example, a product or service, a call-back, or specific marketing materials; we will use your personal information to fulfil your request. Where we need to manage your account and protect you against or identify possible fraudulent transactions, we will do so in accordance with our legal obligation placed on us under law. We will seek consent from you if we need to process your data solely identified purposes. To ensure meaningful consent is obtained from you, inspire will provide you with reasonable notice ensuring that your consent is provided on an informed basis.

 

Related third party informationWe may process your personal data if you have a personal or business connection with any of our clients or suppliers. For example, you may be a family member, business partner, other adviser, supplier or transaction counterparty.The data we process may include contact information, information about your business activities, and financial information such as that relating to income and expenses.We may be given your personal data by our clients or suppliers, or by third parties acting on the instructions of a client or a supplier.Supplier informationIf you supply our business with goods or services, including subcontracted services that we supply to our clients, then we may process your personal information. However, we do so only to the extent necessary to contract with you.

The bases on which we process information about you

The law requires us to determine under which of six defined grounds we process different categories of your personal information, and to notify you of the basis for each category.

If a basis on which we process your personal information is no longer relevant then we shall immediately stop processing your data.

If the basis changes then if required by law we shall notify you of the change and of any new basis under which we have determined that we can continue to process your information.

7.           Information we process because we have a contractual obligation with you

When a contract is formed between you and us, in order to carry out our obligations under that contract we must process personal information. 

As examples, a contract between us could be formed by:

  •                 your signing an agreement to allow us to act as agent for you
  •                 your signing an agreement to allow us to carry out services required in order to let or to buy a property
  •                 your agreement to our terms and conditions when you register on our website

We use your information in order to provide you with our services under that contract, for example:

  •                 to help you find properties, prospective buyers or tenants
  •                 to verify your identity for security purposes
  •                 to carry out credit checks and to obtain personal references
  •                 to provide other parties with whom you have expressed interest to contract and their representatives with sufficient information to make a decision as to whether to enter into a contract with you, and then to enter into a contract with you
  •                 to negotiate on your behalf
  •                 to provide you with advice
  •                 to pay rent we have collected into your bank account

We process this information on the basis there is a contract between us, or that you have requested we use the information before we enter into a legal contract.

We shall continue to process this information until the contract between us ends or is terminated by either party under the terms of the contract.

8.            Information we process with your consent

Only when you have given us explicit permission to do so, do we process your personal information under the basis of consent.

For example, you might have agreed that we may track your actions on our website or pass your name and contact information to selected associates whom we consider may provide services or products you would find useful.

We continue to process your information on this basis until you withdraw your consent or it can be reasonably assumed that your consent no longer exists.

You may withdraw your consent at any time by telling us. However, if you do so, you may not be able to use our services further.

9.            Information we process for the purposes of legitimate interests

We may process information on the basis there is a legitimate interest of doing so, either to you or to us.

Where we process your information on this basis, we do after having given careful consideration to:

  •                 whether the same objective could be achieved through other means
  •                 whether processing (or not processing) might cause you harm
  •                 whether you would expect us to process your data, and whether you would, in the round, consider it reasonable to do so

For example, we may process your data on this basis for the purposes of:

  •                 record-keeping for the proper and necessary administration of our business
  •                 responding to communication from you to which we believe you would expect a response
  •                 protecting and asserting the legal rights of any party
  •                 insuring against or obtaining professional advice that is required to manage business risk
  •                 protecting your interests where we believe we have a duty to do so

10.       Information we process because we have a legal obligation

Sometimes, we must process your information in order to comply with a statutory obligation.

For example, we may be required to give information to legal authorities if they so request or if they have the proper authorisation such as a search warrant or court order.

This may include your personal information.

Specific uses of information you provide to us

11.       Communicating with you

When you contact us, whether by telephone, through our website or by e-mail, we collect the data you have given to us in order to reply with the information you need.

We record your request and our reply in order to increase the efficiency of our business.

We keep personally identifiable information associated with your message, such as your name and email address so as to be able to track our communications with you to provide a high quality service.

12.       Dealing with complaints

When we receive a complaint, we record all the information you have given to us.

We use that information to resolve your complaint.

If your complaint reasonably requires us to contact some other person, we may decide to give to that other person some of the information contained in your complaint. We do this as infrequently as possible, but it is a matter for our sole discretion as to whether we do give information, and if we do, what that information is.

If the complaint relates to information on our website and we feel it is justified or if we believe the law requires us to do so, we shall remove the content while we investigate.

If we think your complaint is vexatious or without any basis, we shall not correspond with you about it.

We may compile statistics from information relating to complaints to assess the level of service we provide, but not in a way that could identify you or any other person.

13.       Customer relationship management system

We use a customer relationship management (CRM) system to process personal data.

Data subjects include existing, former and prospective clients and their agents and representatives.

Personal data that we process includes the name of the person, information about his or her employer and job position, and contact information.

We process this data on the basis of consent for purposes that include:

  • managing and developing our business or services
  • informing clients and prospective clients about our services
  • determining relationships between clients and our partners and employees
  • analysing whether we provide clients with a high level of service

We do not sell or share any personal data with third parties unless we have explicit consent to do so from the data subject.

14.       Job applications and employment

If you send us information in connection with a job application, we may keep it for up to three years in case we decide to contact you at a later date.

If we employ you, we collect information about you and your work from time to time throughout the period of your employment. This information will be used only for purposes directly relevant to your employment. After your employment has ended, we will keep your file for six years before destroying or deleting it.

Use of information we collect through automated systems when you visit our website

15.       Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer's hard drive by your web browser when you visit any website. They allow information gathered on one web page to be stored until it is needed for use on another, allowing a website to provide you with a personalised experience, and the website owner with statistics about the actions you have taken.

Some cookies may last for a defined period of time, such as one day or until you close your browser. Others last indefinitely.

Your web browser should allow you to delete any you choose. It also should allow you to prevent or limit their use.

Our website uses cookies. They are placed by software that operates on our servers, and by software operated by third parties whose services we use.

If you choose not to use cookies or you prevent their use through your browser settings, you will not be able to use all the functionality of our website.

We use cookies in the following ways:

15.1.     to track how you use our website

15.2.     to record whether you have seen specific messages we display on our website

15.3.     to provide a consistent personalised experience across our site

15.4.     to record your answers to surveys and questionnaires on our site while you complete them

15.5.     to record the conversation thread during a live chat with our support team

16.       Personal identifiers from your browsing activity

Requests by your web browser to our servers for web pages and other content on our website are recorded.

We record information that could identify your location, such as your IP address. We also record information reported by the software you are using to browse our website, such as the type of computer or device and the screen resolution.

We use this information in aggregate to assess the popularity of the webpages on our website and how we perform in providing content to you.

If combined with other information we know about you from previous visits, the data possibly could be used to identify you personally, even if you are not signed in to our website. However, our policy is not to use such data for the purpose of personal identification.              

Disclosure and sharing of your information

17.       Information we obtain from third parties

Although we do not disclose your personal information to any third party (except as set out in this notice), we sometimes receive data that is indirectly made up from your personal information from third parties whose services we use.

No such information is personally identifiable to you.

18.       Third party advertising on our website

Third parties may advertise on our website. In doing so, those parties, their agents or other companies working for them may use technology that automatically collects information about you when their advertisement is displayed on our website.

They may also use other technology such as cookies or JavaScript to personalise the content of, and to measure the performance of their adverts.

We do not have control over these technologies or the data that these parties obtain. Accordingly, this privacy notice does not cover the information practices of these third parties.

19.       Data may be processed outside the European Union

Our websites are hosted in [country].

We may also use outsourced services in countries outside the European Union from time to time in other aspects of our business.

Accordingly data obtained within the UK or any other country could be processed outside the European Union.

We use the following safeguards with respect to data transferred outside the European Union:

19.1.     the processor is within the same corporate group as our business or organisation and abides by the same binding corporate rules regarding data processing.

19.2.     the data protection clauses in our contracts with data processors include transfer clauses written by or approved by a supervisory authority in the European Union [, specifically that in the country of …]

19.3.     we comply with a code of conduct approved by the supervisory authority in the United Kingdom.

19.4.     we are certified under an approved certification mechanism as provided for in the GDPR.

Management of your information

20.       Access to your personal information

20.1.     At any time you may review or update personally identifiable information that we hold about you.

20.2.     To obtain a copy of the information we hold about you, please contact us.

20.3.     After receiving the request, we will tell you when we expect to provide you with the information, and whether we require any fee for providing it to you.

21.       Removal of information

If you wish us to remove personally identifiable information from our website, you should contact us.

This may limit the service we can provide to you.

22.       Verification of your identity

When we receive any request to access, edit or delete personal identifiable information we shall first take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you access or otherwise taking any action. This is important to safeguard your information.

23.       Retention period for personal data

Except as otherwise mentioned in this privacy notice, we keep your personal information only for as long as required by us:

23.1.     to provide you with the services you have requested;

23.2.     to comply with other law, including for the period demanded by our tax authorities;

23.3.     to support a claim or defence in court.

Other matters

24.       If you are not happy with our privacy policy

24.1.     If you are not happy with our privacy policy or if you have any complaint then you should tell us.

24.2.     You can find further information about our complaint handling procedure by contacting us on e-mail to info@inspireestates.co.uk.

24.3.     If a dispute is not settled then we hope you will agree to attempt to resolve it by engaging in good faith with us in a process of mediation or arbitration. 

24.4.     If you are in any way dissatisfied about how we process your personal information, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office. This can be done at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/

25.       Compliance with the law

Our privacy policy has been compiled so as to comply with the law of every country or legal jurisdiction in which we aim to do business. If you think it fails to satisfy the law of your jurisdiction, we should like to hear from you.

26.       Review of this privacy policy

We may update this privacy notice from time to time as necessary. The terms that apply to you are those posted here on our website on the day you use our website. We advise you to print a copy for your records.

If you have any question regarding our privacy policy, please contact us.


Explanatory notes

Privacy policy notice

General notes

The EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), implemented as the General Data Protection Regulation, or the GDPR, comes into force from May 2018.

In the UK, the Data Protection Bill enshrines the law in the GDPR, making it applicable even after the UK leaves the European Union.

The requirements under the new law are similar in extent to existing data protection law in the UK. If your business complies with existing law, then the changes you need to make are likely to be small.

However, the possible implications for non-compliance are now much more severe. In theory, the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) has the power to fine a business 4% of its annual worldwide turnover.

In practice, as with other EU law regarding selling to consumers we believe that the ICO is unlikely to fine many small businesses and organisations without having first given a warning. Having a privacy notice (such as one based on this template) that shows some effort to comply with the law is likely, in our opinion, to generate enough goodwill with the ICO to avoid a fine in the first instance.

Updating your website privacy notice is not the only requirement for compliance with the GDPR. You are also likely to need to change how customers and visitors can access personal data held about them, and create new procedures for obtaining compliance to collect and use personal data.

You may also need to update other legal documents, in particular, your website terms and conditions. Free versions of these are also available from our website.

More information can be found at: https://www.netlawman.co.uk/ia/gdpr

Using this template as the basis for your privacy notice

This privacy policy is a version of our standard one that has been edited specifically for estate agency and lettings businesses. 

Despite having customised it as much as we can, there are paragraphs that you might need to decide whether to include or not, or whether to edit. The guidance notes at the end tell you if there are any words that you shouldn’t change.

There are no paragraphs in this document that you cannot edit. There are some that you will definitely need to edit, for example, you may need to decide whether to delete a particular sentence.

To make editing easier, we have highlighted text that needs your attention in blue. Blue text means that you should make a decision whether to include or exclude it. Blue text in square brackets denotes where you must enter some information. Delete the brackets once you have added the information.

Your privacy policy should be concise (while also being comprehensive), transparent, easy to understand and easily accessible. We aim to balance those qualities in this document. If we could, we would make this document shorter. However, the law requires your policy to cover certain things, and it is difficult both to comply and to reduce the size of this document further.

We offer this template free as an example of a Net Lawman document. We hope that you like it, and that you may buy other documents and services from us in the future.

Regardless of the price, we assert our copyright in the document. Our standard licence terms apply.

In addition to these paragraph specific guidance notes to help you edit the template, we also publish a free, more general guide to editing our legal documents, which you can download at: https://www.netlawman.co.uk/uploads/Editing Legal Document Templates.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact us at support@netlawman.co.uk

Paragraph specific notes

Numbered notes refer to specific numbered paragraphs in the template.Identification of your businessThe GDPR requires that you identify your business. Using the domain name as the business name is not enough. You need to provide a name and a head office address.The data subject must be given the information needed to contact you about any issue relating to privacy. You could rely on your contact information being clearly visible on your website (such as at the bottom of every page). Or you could use a particular e-mail address for client communications and give it in the privacy policy. Clients could also contact you by telephone, but recording what was said might be more difficult.If you have appointed a data protection officer, you should name that person here using words such as “Our Data Protection Officer is [Name]”.Introduction      Leave all these items in place unless there is a good reason to edit or remove. Each of these points has been carefully considered in the context of this document and has been included for a purpose.

  1.              This paragraph sets out the purpose of the document and explains terms used throughout it.
  2.              This is a statement of intent, designed to reassure clients and visitors, but also any regulator.
  3.              As above.
  4.              This statement demonstrates awareness of the GDPR and compliance. It should also reassure readers who are interested to know specifically that you comply with the GDPR.
  5.              A key requirement of the law is that you tell your visitors and customers that they have rights with respect to how their personal information is processed. Rather than cluttering your privacy notice with an explanation of the law, we refer readers to this explanatory website.
  6.              A statement designed to reassure site visitors.