Agent not giving landlord copy of AST agreement

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    Agent not giving landlord copy of AST agreement

    I am a newish landlord (in the last year) and use a letting agent. A tenant was found fairly quickly which was good for me, but when I asked for a copy of the tenancy agreement (which they signed on my behalf) for my own records they said they weren’t allowed to do this on account of data protection/GDPR etc.

    I sort of of understand where they are coming from, but surely if they had the tenant’s agreement to share, they could give me a copy. I just feel uncomfortable not having in writing what my obligations are, even though I imagine this will be standard stuff.

    Any thoughts ?

    Can we please check - this isn't one of those guaranteed rent schemes/scams where you rent the place to the agent (i.e. your tenant is agent) and agent (as landlord) rents it to occupant (their tenant, NOT your tenant..).

    What training have you done in how to be a landlord? I only ask as when I started I thought I knew what I was doing, expensive, painful, long-drawn out mistakes, resolved to learn, still learning, still making mistakes 20 years later...

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      Dear agent,

      Thank you for your email/letter/whatever, it was quite amusing.

      Please provide by return a copy of MY tenancy agreement with MY tenant.

      Please stop quoting nonsense about GDPR.
      You are my agent, and in this matter you are a data processer and I am the data controller - the data has been collected on my behalf, by you.
      It is my data, not yours.

      If your processes and documentation have not secured the tenant's permission to share data which you might have acquired with me, they are clearly inadequate and show a significant lack of competence.
      The Information Commissioner has made a letting agent's duty in this matter clear.

      Please stop wasting my time.

      Love and kisses

      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


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