Robert Oulsnam and Company Ltd Privacy Policy

Robert Oulsnam and Company Ltd – Privacy Policy

Robert Oulsnam and Company Limited (registered office is 79 Hewell Road, Barnt Green, Birmingham, B45 8NL and Company number: 9134404) is committed to protecting and respecting personal data and want to provide the best estate agent experience possible. Our twelve offices are listed at the end of this document and will make best endeavours to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). This privacy statement aims to give a clear view of how we use personal information, our dedication to protecting it and individual’s rights and options to control their personal information.

We have appointed a Compliance 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 rights under the Data Protection Act please contact the DPO using the details set below.

Our Appointed Compliance Officer is Julie Powell, Robert Oulsnam and Company Limited and is based at our Head Office in Barnt Green.

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 ( We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.


This privacy notice was last updated on the 14th October 2019.

The data protection law in the UK changed on the 25th May 2018. This privacy notice sets out your rights under the new laws, however is subject to change on or after the 25th May 2018.

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.


As an independent estate agent, Robert Oulsnams’ services are residential property market appraisals; marketing of residential properties; negotiating and managing the sale of residential properties, negotiating and managing for rental properties, block management, providing surveys of residential properties. Robert Oulsnam and Company do not offer conveyancing, mortgages or insurance advice although we can make recommendations of local providers when we have the appropriate consent from applicants.

Personal Data is collected in the main areas of our business:

Direct Marketing and brand awareness of Robert Oulsnams’ to attract vendors, buyers, tenants and landlords.
The marketing of properties and then managing the sale and rental of properties as contracted by vendors and landlords.
Surveying of properties.

Where you have provided your personal information to us directly we will be the Data Controller, and where we have received your personal information via a third party we will perform the role of a data processor on behalf of the data controller.

Our Privacy Statement expands these areas and is in three sections:

General Description of Use, Storage and Security of Personal Data
Rights involving Personal Data and how we will use your Data
Use of Robert Oulsnams’ Website


“Personal information” is any information that relates to and identifies a person, either alone or in combination with other information available to us. We use this personal information primarily for:

Direct marketing and the marketing of properties. It is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate business interests to undertake these marketing activities to provide the best services possible.
Improving our services: We will amend personal information for accuracy when sending relevant direct marketing material and property transactions. We process personal information in this way for the purposes of our legitimate interests in providing better services for our vendors, landlords and clients.
Preventing fraud: we will also use the personal information of vendors, purchasers, landlords and tenants to assess their status for anti-money laundering purposes (AML). For this purpose, we may need to share personal information with our third-party providers that check for AML status. This is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests in ensuring that we nor vendors, purchaser, landlords or tenants are the victims of fraud and to protect our legal rights set out in our contract with vendors.

1.1 Direct Marketing

Our estate agency services are advertised by direct marketing to attract owners with a property to sell or rent (vendors or landlords) and applicants looking to buy or rent and parties looking for a survey. This is done via our website, email campaigns and literature (hard copy and electronic). There are links to our website from various third-party providers including and not limited to Bromsgrove and Redditch Advertiser, Redditch and Bromsgrove Standard, and Facebook providing details about our services and properties for sale and rent.

Robert Oulsnams’ also use the third-party provider, “Brief Your Market” to manage our direct marketing campaigns using personal data taken from RPS and Alto, our customer relationship management databases. Their programs use personal details to send a welcoming email to verify your username and password, to communicate with you in response to any inquiries and to send marketing material relating to Robert Oulsnam and our properties for sale and to rent.

1.2 Use of Personal Data in Property Marketing and Sales Processes

Collection of Personal Data is through enquiries from prospective purchasers or tenants either by emailing, telephone, visiting the office or when visiting Property Portals, i.e. Rightmove, On The Market, Prime Location, Nethouse Prices or Robert Oulsnams’ website. Other sources are from; Distributed leaflets, Referrals, For Sale Boards, Window Cards, Newspaper and Internet Advertising and Probate enquiries from solicitors. Furthermore, these enquiries lead to viewings of properties; market appraisals of prospects’ properties.

Greater detail of personal data is gained and used when we are instructed to market a property because of an appraisal and during the phases of marketing; negotiating and managing and progressing a sale or rental involving third parties; through to an exchange and completion of contracts or agreement of a tenancy.

Personal data is stored in RPS or Alto or as printed copy (see paragraph 1.5)


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.
Where data is held for our/your legitimate interests (or those of a third party), fundamental rights do not override those interests.
Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

We only rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data in relation to marketing communications to you via phone, email or text message. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by contacting us.


We have set out below, some of 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 for more than one lawful ground 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.


Type of data

Lawful basis for processing including basis of legitimate interest

To register you as a new customer

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

Performance of a contract with you

To provide Property Updates

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

Legitimate interest of the applicant

To provide your personal information to a vendor, buyer, tenant or landlord as appropriate and solicitors in connection with the same

(a) Identity

(b) Contact


Performance of a contract with you

Submit your personal information to our Financial Services Provider.

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Product preferences

(a) Necessary for our legitimate interest to conduct a financial qualification check.

To provide your personal information to a third-party utility management company to arrange and conduct the utility changeover on your rental residence

(a) Identity

(b) Contact


Performance of a contract with you

To process your order including:

Managing payment methods, and take deposits

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Financial

(d) Transaction

(e) Marketing & Communications

(a) Performance of a contract with you

To submit your personal information to our Referencing Provider

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Product preferences

Performance of a contract with you

To provide your contact details onto a third-party contractor to arrange and conduct maintenance works at your residence

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(a)Performance of a contract

Submit your personal information to our Conveyancing Provider

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Product preferences

(a) Necessary for our legitimate interest

Submit your personal information to a third-party Surveyor

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Product preferences

(a) Necessary for our legitimate interest

To manage our relationship with you which will include:

(a) Notifying you about changes to our terms or privacy policy

(b) Asking you to leave a review or take a survey

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Profile

(d) Marketing & Communications

(a) Performance of a contract with you

(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation

(c) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to keep our records updated and to study how customers use our products/services)

To administer and protect our business and this website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data)

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Technical

(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests (for running our business, provision of administration and IT services, network security, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise)

(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation

To deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve to you

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Profile

(d) Usage

(e) Marketing & Communications

(f) Technical

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how customers use our products/services, to develop them, to grow our business and to inform our marketing strategy)

To use data analytics to improve our website, products/services, marketing, customer relationships and experiences

(a) Technical

(b) Usage

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to define types of customers for our products and services, to keep our website updated and relevant, to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy)

To make suggestions and recommendations to you about goods or services that may be of interest to you

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Technical

(d) Usage

(e) Profile

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to develop our products/services

1.3 Categories of Data Processed.

Name, telephone number, address, email address and approximate budget if relating to a purchaser or tenant. Also details from solicitors, estate agents, and surveyors’ details if and as required.
No sensitive data is collected, i.e. race, religion, life-style. Under the Immigration Act, we do take details of nationality which is kept for 12 months after a tenancy ends.
Where we to take a credit card payment, details are destroyed immediately after use and details are encrypted on SagePay software.
To check personal Identity of vendors, landlords, purchasers and tenants, we record that we have taken photocopies of passports or driving licence and a letterhead from an official organisation, Bank, Building Societies, Government bodies etc. Further, we record if we have visited them in their property. We also check for Politically Exposed People (PEP).
Signed contracts enabling us to sell or rent a property.
Signed brochure to indicate that vendors agree with the accuracy of our sales brochure for further advertising.
Proof of funds including bank statements and building society statements and Mortgage agreement in principle. Personal financial data is processed by Financial Advisers, mortgage lenders etc who confirm to us if purchasers have sufficient funds for purchase.
Records of correspondence are kept in RPS and Alto and in hard copy.

Shared Personal Information
We treat your personal information with care and confidentiality. Robert Oulsnam and Company is the sole owner of the information collected. We will not sell, or rent this information to others, neither do we share or collect personal information with or from Social Media programs. We only share personal information with other third parties to progress the sale and rental of properties for direct marketing and for legal obligations and also with contractors where we manage rental properties:

1.4.1 Third Party Service Providers

By necessity, we are required to use third parties to progress a sale through to completion of contract, i.e. for legitimate business purposes. We do this with consent and use third parties such as: solicitors, surveyors, financial advisers.
Trades-people will, by consent, contact vendors and purchasers about their products and services to progress a sale if building work/renovation is required.
Trades-people will, by consent, contact tenants and landlords for maintenance work as and when required.
Brief Your Market, One Dome and New House Prices for electronic marketing campaigns.
Reapit and Alto providing data to marketing portals including Rightmove, On The Market, Net House Prices and One Dome and also Homeflow who manage our website and provide client portals.
Smart Search and Landmark ETSOS for Anti-Money Laundering checks.
IAM-Sold Online Auctions for an alternative method of marketing properties.
Move with Us for assisting in providing solicitors.
The Lettings Hub who reference and credit check prospective tenants.
Hazelton Mountford for Rent and Legal Insurance for lettings.
Ittria and or Tenant Shop – utility management companies for lettings.

1.4.2 With Legal Law Enforcement: Robert Oulsnam and Company will disclose personal information where required by law or legal process, for the administration of justice, for investigations by law enforcement or regulatory bodies, e.g. the Ombudsman and or HM Government bodies, to protect and defend Robert Oulsnams’ property and legal rights, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Robert Oulsnams’ staff, or clients.

1.4.3 Anti-Money Laundering Checks. Our letters and contracts inform and confirm that we are legally obliged to collect personal data for checking identities.

1.4.4 If Robert Oulsnam and Company sells or buys any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets. If Robert Oulsnam and Company Ltd is acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by us would be transferred.

1.5 Retention, Protection of Personal Information

We are committed to protecting personal information and implement appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect it against any unauthorised or unlawful processing and against any accidental loss, destruction, or damage. Robert Oulsnam and Company stores personal data in two forms: electronic and hard copy

Electronic Form: Information is stored on secure servers of our third-party partners and all electronic transactions will be encrypted using SSL technology including password protection for RPS and Alto users who are responsible for keeping this password and login details confidential.

Our “cloud based” database, RPS and Alto (owned by the Reapit and Property Group ZPG) is used for all our electronic transactions holding: personal data for applicants, vendors, landlords and tenants; property details and photographs; letters to and from applicants/vendors/landlords/tenants; invoices for completion of transaction. RPS and Alto are also the source of information for: our website and property portals; marketing campaigns. It is our multi-functional customer relationship management (CRM) program. Their servers are held in the UK/EU.

Robert Oulsnam and Company uses “Dropbox” for the storage of letters and documentation relating to client’s ID, so that members in other offices can gain access.

Cloud/Server Security:

Servers kept in EU
Robert Oulsnam and Company onsite Servers
Data Innovations (host servers for Robert Oulsnam and Company)
RPS Reapit
Brief Your Market
IAM Sold Online Auctions
Move with Us
Smart Search (AML checks)
Landmark (AML checks)
The Lettings Hub
Dropbox (USA, complies with EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Frameworks)
Microsoft MyOffice (USA, complies with EU-US Privacy Shield Framework)

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of transmitted data. Any transmission is at user’s risk. Once we have received information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Hard Copy Form: Our business procedures require hard copy forms of personal data to be kept: record of telephone conversations taken live, diary appointments taken live, viewing appointments and feedback comments.

Office Security of Data:
Important data such as key books are kept in a locked safe at each office and not recorded against a property.
Locked offices with alarm and Insurance.

Storage Time:

Data is retained for the term of sales transaction contract and then for the statutory six years.
Rental and management property data is kept for as long as the property is let then for a further six years.
For all other, we keep personal data for as long as we have their consent to send either direct marketing material or information on properties that have been requested or meet their search criteria.

Disclosure of Data:

Personal information can be disclosed to any member of our other offices (see our List of Offices at the end of this document).
Data is disclosed to solicitors, agents, and surveyor’s details if applicable for the purposes of progressing a sale.
If requested we disclose Name, telephone numbers and addresses to tradesmen for them to carry out repairs, refurbishment, maintenance and fitting etc
See paragraph 1.4.2. If requested by, we are legally obliged to disclose personal data to the Ombudsman, Police and other legal or government bodies.

1.7 Data Transmission: By Internet to cloud systems’ servers; telephone; email and posted letter.

1.8 Links to Other Websites: Our website (see Section 3) contains various link to third party websites including “IAM-Sold” online auctions. We do not accept any liability for this site or any third-party websites which may be linked or accessible through our own website and we do not endorse or approve the contents of any such sites.

1.9 Business Analysis: We do not use personal data for our market analysis; only market prices, % commission, location, postcode and time on the market. This is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests in understanding how our business is performing and considering how to improve our performance.

1.10 Information about Young Adults or Children: By the very nature of our business, we only collect the names and ages of young adults and children under 18 years of age for our rental properties. We do not collect or store information about young adults or children. If we become aware that we have inadvertently collected personal information about young adults or children we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible.
1.11 If you fail to provide personal data: 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.
1.12 International Transfers: We do not transfer your personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
1.13 Use of Personal Data on behalf of Housing Associations: Robert Oulsnam’s store personal data about tenants on behalf of Housing Associations. These tenants live within sheltered housing developments and their personal data is stored in order to provide them with the required support they need. Sheltered housing tenants provide their written consent to having their data stored and provided to others for legitimate interests.
Clients may request at any time, amendments to certain personal information that is incorrect or irrelevant or to request that we block, erase or otherwise remove personal information by contacting our data controller Julie Powell at They can exercise this right at any time or follow any “unsubscribe” instructions included in our marketing materials.

2.1 Right of Access: Clients have the right to access stored personal information on production of appropriate identification. Right of access can be exercised in accordance with GDPR, i.e.

Free of charge
Within one month of a request which can be extended by a further two months if requests are complex or we have too many to deal with. If we extend, we shall inform the client within one month with the reason for requesting an extension.
In an electronic format if the request is made electronically

If the request is “manifestly unfounded or excessive”, for example because the request is repetitive, we can charge a reasonable fee, considering our administrative costs, or we can refuse to respond. If we refuse, we are obliged to explain and inform the client who can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

2.2 Right to Rectification: The right to have information corrected if it’s inaccurate, out of date or incomplete. On request we will:

Inform the individual about third parties that have received their data.
Inform those third parties that the data is being rectified, where possible.
Comply with a request for rectification within one month. This can be extended by two months if a request is complex.

If we decide not to act following a request for rectification, we shall explain why and inform them of the complaint procedure to ICO or bring a complaint before a court.

2.3 Right to Erasure: The right to be forgotten, whereby a request to remove data when there’s no reason to continue processing it can be exercised. We shall also inform third parties, which we have sent such data to, that we are erasing it, unless it’s impossible or will involve a disproportionate effort. However, the right to be forgotten is only under specific circumstances. This includes:

Where processing data is no longer necessary for the purpose it was first collected
When an individual has objected to having their data processed or has withdrawn consent
If the data was unlawfully processed, so is in breach of GDPR

It’s important to know that in certain circumstances, we can refuse a request to erase such data. This includes if it’s being processed to comply with a legal obligation for performing a task that’s been carried out in the public’s interest. Other examples include refusal for public health purposes, or the exercise of legal claims.

2.4 Right to Restrict Processing: Individuals have the right to block or suppress the processing of their data. We can restrict data processing for different reasons, including:

When the accuracy of individual’s data is contested. We shall restrict processing until accuracy is verified.
When an individual has objected to the processing:
If we no longer need the data, but the individual needs it to establish or defend a legal claim.

We should inform all third parties to whom the individual has disclosed the personal data, about restricting the processing. We should also inform the individual if we decide to lift a restriction on processing.

2.5 Lawful Basis:

Legitimate Interest means the interest of our business in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best service/product and the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law). You can obtain further information about how we assess our legitimate interests against any potential impact on you in respect of specific activities by contacting us.

Performance of Contract means processing your data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request before entering into such a contract.

Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to.


This website takes every precaution to protect our users’ information. When users submit personal data via our website, information is protected both online and off-line. We do not ask for sensitive information such as credit card numbers online. We do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line.
We have no control over how third-party websites and services process your personal information. We do not review third party websites and services, and we are not responsible for such third-party websites and services or their privacy practices. Please read the privacy statements of any third-party websites or services that you access from our websites or services.

Website Terms of Use

Visitors to our website are required to accept the following terms and conditions in return for the information given to them on this website.

We use our reasonable efforts to include accurate and up to date information on all pages of our website. Information is for guidance only and is not intended to form any part of a contract and can be subject to change without notice. We shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or cumulative losses or damages arising out of the use or inability to use these pages, any errors, misrepresentations or omissions on the material contained on them.
The information on the pages of this website has been prepared with reasonable care and is believed by us to be legal, honest, decent and truthful as of the date of its preparation.
You agree that the material downloaded or otherwise accessed using the web pages on our website is obtained entirely at your own risk and that you will be entirely responsible for any resulting damage to software or computer systems and/or any resulting loss of data even if we have been advised of the possibility of any such damage.
Whilst currently, we have links from our website to third party websites including “IAM-Sold” website, this is for viewing purposes and not for transmission of data. We do not accept any liability regarding any third-party websites which may be linked or accessible through our own website and we do not endorse or approve the contents of any such site.
In relation to a dispute arising out of this website, you the user and Robert Oulsnam and Company agree to submit exclusively to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
Except where expressly stated to the contrary the text and graphics in the information contained in this website is the copyright of Robert Oulsnam and Company. You may download or print out individual selections of the web pages on our website only if explicitly used for your own personal information and not to be publicly reproduced. Permanent copying or storage of whole or part of this website or the information contained in it or reproduction or incorporation of any part of it in any other work or publication whether on paper or electronic media or any other form is expressly prohibited.
The entire contents of this website remain our property and is copyright with all rights reserved.
Cookies: Our website uses cookies. By using this website, you consent to the collection and use of your information as set out in this privacy and cookie policy. If we change our privacy and cookie policy in any way, these changes will be posted on this page. Description of our website cookies and policy is set out separately in our website.
Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we would notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to if we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.


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