The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) – Number 4 of 2013 and its impact on the rental property industry cannot be understated.
‘Personal Information’ is widely defined and includes; inter-alia, race, a name, date or birth, phone number (home and cellular), work and home address, identity number, passport number, banking information or income (of a company or individual), gender, personal opinion, private correspondence and financial information Personal information applies to all individuals and entities.
Be careful when screening or entering into leases with tenants- of an individual’s right to privacy.
Personal information must be processed lawfully and reasonably in a manner that does not infringe upon the privacy of the tenant by gathering as little tenant information as possible, reasonably in the circumstances and with the tenant’s consent. To continue reading click here…