How Can I Make A Landlord Data Breach Claim?

If you are wondering how to make a landlord data breach claim, this guide may provide you with the information you have been looking for. We will look at the eligibility criteria your case will need to meet in order to be able to claim data breach compensation.

Following this, we will then discuss what steps you could take and what evidence you could collect to help support your personal data breach compensation claim. This guide will also provide you with examples of how a landlord data breach may occur.

Additionally, we will also explain the different forms of harm you could be awarded compensation for, and how this may be calculated. We end this guide by sharing the various benefits of making a claim on a No Win No Fee basis with one of the data breach solicitors on our panel.

If you would like to discuss your case, you can speak to our advisors. They can offer you free advice regarding your personal data breach claim and answer any questions you may have about the claiming process.

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  1. When Are You Eligible To Make A Landlord Data Breach Claim?
  2. How To Make A Landlord Data Breach Claim
  3. How Could A Landlord Data Protection Breach Impact You?
  4. Potential Compensation From A Landlord UK GDPR Breach
  5. Why Claim For A Data Breach On A No Win No Fee Basis?
  6. Read More About Claiming If A Landlord Does Breach Data Protection

When Are You Eligible To Make A Landlord Data Breach Claim?

Any information that can identify you is classified as personal data, such as your name, national insurance number, and home address.

The UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) are data protection laws. They set out the rules and regulations data controllers and data processors must adhere to when processing personal data.

Data controllers are usually an organisation, and they decide how and why your data is being processed. Data processors can process data on behalf of a controller. They are usually an organisation or agency separate from the data controller.

If a data processor or controller fails to adhere to data protection laws, this could result in your personal data being breached. A personal data breach is classed as a security incident that impacts the integrity, confidentiality or availability of personal data.

Your landlord must adhere to data protection laws as they may hold various types of your personal data, such as to complete your renting application or to contact you for maintenance issues.

To be eligible to make a landlord data breach claim, you will need to prove:

  • The landlord failed to adhere to data protection law due to their actions or inactions.
  • Because of this, your personal data was involved in a breach.
  • You suffered mental harm or monetary losses due to this personal data breach.

If you would like to check the validity of your case or have any questions about claims being made for personal data breaches, you can contact our advisors.

How To Make A Landlord Data Breach Claim

Should you have a valid landlord data breach claim, you will need to present evidence that supports your case when claiming compensation. Some examples of the evidence you could present include:

  • Proof that your personal data was breached: An organisation must inform you without undue delay if your freedom and rights may be at risk due to your personal data being breached. You may have received confirmation of a personal data breach via a letter or email. This correspondence could be used as evidence in your claim.
  • Findings from an Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigation: The ICO is the UK’s independent body that upholds information rights. You can report a data breach to the ICO, and they may then choose to investigate the breach. If they do, their findings could be used as evidence within your claim. However, you must make this report within three months of your last meaningful communication with the organisation responsible for the breach. Any longer than this, and the ICO may refuse to investigate.
  • Evidence of financial harm: For example, if you have needed to take time off work due to the psychological effects the personal data breach caused you to suffer, your payslips could help with proving a loss of earnings.
  • Evidence of psychological harm: This may be your medical records or a letter from a psychologist confirming the mental injury you have been diagnosed with.

One of the data breach solicitors on our panel could help you with gathering this and any additional evidence to support your claim. To see if you could be eligible to work with one of them today, you can contact a member of our advisory team.

How Could A Landlord Data Protection Breach Impact You?

There are various ways that your personal data could be affected in a landlord data breach. For example, this may be due to human error or a cyber incident. Some examples of how a landlord data breach could compromise your personal data include:

  • A letter containing your personal data is accidentally sent to another one of your landlord’s tenants. Because your personal data was sent to the wrong postal address, you suffer from stress due to an unauthorised person having access to your personal data.
  • Your landlord sent an email containing your personal data to the wrong email address due to not checking the auto-fill function when typing out your email address. This causes you to suffer from anxiety and need to take time off from work.
  • A hacker was able to access your landlord’s computer due to them not updating their cyber security. The hacker steals your personal data, including your credit and debit card information, and this results in money being taken from your accounts and you suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

To see if you could claim for the anxiety caused by a data breach, get in touch. Our friendly advisors can inform you whether you could be eligible to make a landlord data breach claim and offer you free advice.

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Potential Compensation From A Landlord UK GDPR Breach

If you make a successful landlord data breach claim, you could be awarded compensation for up to two forms of damage.

The first is compensation for your non-material damage. Non-material damage is the emotional harm and psychological injury you have suffered due to your personal data being breached.

The people calculating your compensation for non-material damage may use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them. This is a publication that lists guideline compensation amounts for different psychological and physical injuries according to type and severity.

You’ll find some of the JCG’s compensation guidelines for psychological harm in the table below. Please note, these figures should only be used as a guide. Furthermore, the first entry has not been taken from the JCG.

Compensation Guidelines

Type of HarmLevel of SeverityDefinitionAward Bracket Guideline
Severe Psychological Damage and Financial LossesSevereSettlements of this size are for those who have suffered severe psychological damage and financial losses, such as a loss of earnings.Up to £250,000+
General Psychological Injury(a) SevereThe affected person will have marked issues coping with life, work and their relationships will be impacted.£54,830 to £115,730
(b) Moderately SevereHere, there are significant problems similar in nature to those in the bracket above, however a more optimistic future outlook is expected.£19,070 to £54,830
(c) ModerateMarked improvements will have been made and there is a good prognosis.£5,860 to £19,070
(d) Less SevereThe award level here will be affected be the duration of disability and how sleep and other daily activities were impacted.£1,540 to £5,860
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)(a) SevereApplies to cases where the person will be unable to work or function as they did pre-trauma.£59,860 to £100,670
(b) Moderately SevereCases here enjoy a more positive prognosis and there is a possibility for some recovery with professional help.£23,150 to £59,860
(c) ModerateA good level of recovery is seen whilst symptoms that do persist are not regarded as severely disabling.£8,180 to £23,150
(d) Less SevereVirtually a total recovery within 24 months and only minimal symptoms lasting past this date.£3,950 to £8,180

Material Damage In Data Breach Claims

Material damage is the financial harm you have expereinced due to the personal data breach. For example, you may have suffered severe stress due to a data breach that involved your personal data, and needed to take time off from work. This might have caused you to experience a loss of earnings.

As aforementioned, you will need to provide evidence of your monetary losses to be able to claim for them.

Contact one of our advisors today to see whether you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your financial or mental harm following a personal data breach.

Why Claim For A Data Breach On A No Win No Fee Basis?

One of the solicitors on our panel could help you claim data breach compensation, provided that your case meets the eligibility requirements.

The solicitors on our panel can represent eligible claimants through a particular type of No Win No Fee contract known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This particular arrangement comes with numerous benefits, such as:

  • You don’t need to pay any upfront fees or ongoing costs for your solicitor’s services.
  • If your claim does not succeed, you don’t need to pay for your solicitor’s work.
  • If your landlord data breach claim has a successful outcome, you will be awarded compensation. Your solicitor will take a success fee from this compensation. The law limits the percentage that can be taken as this success fee.

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Contact Us To Discuss Your Personal Data Breach Claim

To see whether one of the solicitors on our panel could help you with making a landlord data breach claim, you can contact one of the advisors on our team. They can check the validity of your case, offer you free advice, and help answer your questions about the claiming process.

To speak with a member of our team today, you can:

  • Call 0161 696 9685
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Read More About Claiming If A Landlord Does Breach Data Protection

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