Privacy Policy

  1. Aim of policy

In order to help provide you with the best and most appropriate service, we need you to help us by providing us with your detailed information.

We begin the process of collecting information about you, and if appropriate your family, when you apply to us either directly or through one of our Choice Based Letting partners.

We appreciate that some of the information you give us will be very sensitive including details about your health and any disabilities you may have. Because the information you provide us is very personal we take your privacy & confidentiality very seriously.

We aim to keep your information as up-to-date as possible so that when your needs change over time, the services we provide you can change to reflect these different needs. We will also ensure we make every possible effort to fulfil our obligations under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We will keep your personal information secure and only keep it as long as we need to, although please bear in mind we are legally obliged to keep some records for an extended period of time, such as housing benefit payment details, before it’s safely destroyed.

  1. Who is responsible for your data?

Our Privacy Policy applies to all the personal data that S4B collects and uses.

References in this Privacy Policy to “S4B”, “we”, “us” or “our” means members of the Brunswick PFI consortium.

The Brunswick PFI consortium is comprised of Onward, Mears, Equitix and Vistry. Tenancy management is provide by Onward and the information you provide is kept on Onward’s systems but it will be clear within those systems that you are a S4B customer and that S4B is responsible for that information

We control the ways your personal data are collected and the purposes for which your personal data are used by S4B and are the “Data Controller” for the purposes of the UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act (2018).

  1. What personal data do we collect about you?

When using the term “personal data” in our Privacy Policy, we mean information that relates to you and allows us to identify you, either directly or in combination with other information that we may hold.

Your personal data may include, for example, your name, your contact details, information relating to your tenancy (e.g. your Tenancy Reference Number) or information on how you use our website and online services or how you interact with us.

We collect some personal data from you, for example when you first apply for a property, use our website or contact us. We may also receive your personal data from our contractors/suppliers who provide services to you on our behalf and our partners Agencies.

The majority of the personal data we collect and use is on the basis of managing your tenancy contract, in the legitimate interests of you or the business, or with your consent.

We may collect and process the following categories of information about you:

Your name and contact details for use across the organisation and by our contractors/suppliers;

Detailed personal information, such as:

        • Bank details
        • Benefits
        • Caring responsibilities
        • Name and contact details of individuals who you want us to communicate with on your behalf
        • Date of birth
        • Education details
        • Employment details
        • Family details
        • Financial information (such as income, expenditure details)
        • Lifestyle & social circumstances
        • National identifiers (such as National Insurance Number)
        • Nationality
        • Reference information
        • Relationship status
        • Safety & security details
        • Visual images, personal appearance and behaviour
        • Your particular needs and preferences, and how you use our services so that we can understand them better
        • Your right to live in the UK
  1. Special Categories of Personal Data 

In the course of providing services to you, we may collect information that details your racial or ethnic origin, physical or mental health, religious beliefs or alleged commission or conviction of criminal offences.

Such information is included within the “Special Categories of Personal Data” under the UK GDPR. We only collect this information where you have given your explicit consent, it is required in relation to legal matters, it is necessary for legislative purposes, or you have deliberately made it public.

If you do not provide or allow us to process special category personal data, this may mean we are unable to provide all or parts of the services you have requested from us.

  1. How and why we use your personal data

We use your personal data for the following purposes:

Assessing your application to us for housing, checking your right to rent and to administer housing waiting lists

Managing your tenancy contract, and contacting you about your housing needs including:

        • Your support needs, so we know how we can assist you before and during your tenancy;
        • the repair and maintenance of your property;
        • Records of payments for the services provided to you;
        • Feedback from our contractors/suppliers, about their appointments with you;
        • Details about complaints about our service or other individuals, accidents or incidents involving you or your home;
        • We may also record factual information whenever you contact us or use our services, so we have a record of what happened.

To help you buy part or the whole of your home, including:

        • Undertaking affordability checks;
        • Assessing credit rating data.

To provide security and ensure health and safety:

        • We operate CCTV systems, which collect and record images, and are used in accordance with relevant government guidance;
        • We may hold information about your history, for example, related to offences, to look after our staff, business or anyone else.

To provide additional services, advice and support, including:

        • Sharing your name and contact details to allow support services to contact you (the person may be a member of our staff or from another organisation that we will tell you about);
        • Care and support requirements, this may also require us holding detailed information about you and your family’s needs;
        • Financial problem assitance (we will hold detailed information about your income and financial situation);
        • Training or other learning opportunities (we will ask about your employment and learning history).

When we process information about you on behalf of another organisation you receive services from:

        • We will receive the information we need to provide a service to you;
        • We may receive information, or related information, from our partner organisations, your family, friends or neighbours, or public information sources including credit reference agencies or the criminal records bureau.

To communicate with you and manage our relationship with you, such as:

        • We (including our contractors/suppliers) may need to contact you by telephone, email and/or SMS for administrative or operational reasons e.g. in order to send you confirmation of your property repair bookings, gas servicing and your payments;
        • To seek your feedback to improve our services and the customer experience.

To personalise and improve your customer service experience:

        • We may use your personal data to evaluate your preferences, such as how we contact you. Some of these contacts may be automated, however we will ensure that any such processing of this kind does not have any legal or similarly significant effect on you;
        • If you are in the process of making a request under your account and you leave our website before your request has been completed, we may contact you in order to help you easily complete your request or make payment;
        • Voice recordings for quality management;
        • With your written consent, your name, photo, video or story could be used for brochures, advertising, press releases or internal news stories

To inform you about our news and service that may be of assistance:

        • Where you have positively opted in to receiving any marketing communications the details will be explained to you at the time;
        • . You can choose to opt out from receiving marketing communications at any time, by clicking on the relevant unsubscribe link at the bottom of any marketing related contact you may receive from us;
        • If you prefer, you can also call our Customer Service team and express your preference to not receive marketing communications (Tel. 0300 555 0128) or send an email to with the subject title “Unsubscribe” and details of the marketing received.

To fulfil our administrative purposes and support our business interests:

        • The business purposes for which we will use your information include accounting, billing and audit, credit or other payment card verification, fraud screening, safety, security and legal purposes, statistical and marketing analysis, systems testing, maintenance and development.

To comply with our legal obligations:

        • For example, our obligation to provide your information to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) & HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
  1. Your Privacy Rights

The UK GDPR provides all UK citizens with specific privacy rights. S4B is committed to upholding these rights and takes its responsibilities regarding our customers privacy very seriously.

These include, your rights to request that S4B:

      • Responds to your Subject Access Requests, providing copies of your personal data where required;
      • Where we require consent, allow this to be withdrawn, however you should be aware that by withdrawing consent S4B may no longer be able to provide you with services that relate to the information you are no longer consenting to us processing;
      • Corrects any inaccurate or incomplete personal data which S4B holds about you;
      • Provides you with a copy of your personal data for you to move elsewhere;
      • Stop processing your personal data, whilst an objection from you is being resolved;
      • Permanently erase all your personal data promptly, and confirms this has been done;
      • Responds to your objections about any automated decisions made about you using the personal data you’ve provided.

We will consider each and every request and respond within one month of receiving a valid request. If your request is particularly complex we may extend this, by exception, for up to a further 2 months.

If you have questions in relation to exercising any of your privacy rights, please contact our Data Protection Officer in the first instance at

If, for any reason, S4B does not address your request, or fails to provide you with a valid reason why it is unable to do so, you have the right to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to make a complaint. They can be contacted via their website or by telephone 0303 123 1113.

  1. Security of your personal data

S4B are committed to taking appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your personal data against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage. When you provide your personal data through our websites or online portal, this information is transmitted across the internet securely using appropriate strength encryption.

As detailed in this Policy, we may in some instances disclose your personal data to third parties. Where S4B does disclose your personal data to a third party, we require that third party to have appropriate technical and organisational measures in place to protect your personal data; however in some instances we may be compelled by law to disclose your personal data to a third party, such as the Police, and have limited control over how it is protected by that party.

We will retain your personal data for as long as we need it in order to fulfil our purposes set out in this Privacy Policy and in order to comply with appropriate laws and standards.

  1. Sharing your personal data

On occasions it’s in everyone’s best interests for us to share some of the information we have about our customers with other organisations. This may be to provide additional services, to fulifil a legal obligation or to ensure you get the best service possible, for example we will forward your details on to utility companies to ensure that you’re supplied with energy and water in your home and charges are directed correctly.

If you decide to leave your property without paying or arranging to pay any arrears you are in, we may decide it’s necessary to share your details with a Debt Collection Agency to help us recover these arrears.

We will also provide some details to our contractors/suppliers, so they can contact you if your property is in need of repair or scheduled for improvement work, to arrange a suitable time to visit.

In exceptional circumstances we may feel it’s necessary to provide your details to the Police or the Local Authority Social Services Department where there has been a case of criminal activity, we have concerns for any individuals health and safety or we have been made aware of potentially anti-social behaviour.

In the event you do leave us and move to a new landlord we might be contacted for a reference and may provide some of your details to them.

We’d like to stress that under no circumstances do we ever sell or pass on your information to businesses or organisations so they can get in touch with you directly either by phone, email or in writing in order to sell you their products or services.

Listed below are the categories of third parties we may share some of your personal information with. We will ensure that any information sharing is undetaken in compliance with the UK GDPR:

      • Advocacy partner organisations
      • Banks and Financial Service providers to process secure payments
      • Charities & Voluntary Organisations
      • Choice Based Letting Partners
      • Contractors and suppliers who provide services to you, or who provide services on our behalf
      • Debt Collection Agencies
      • External Auditors
      • Insurance companies
      • Mediation partner organisations
      • Organisations that support S4B and the services we provide, such as Local Authorities, other housing providers, statutory agencies, support organisations
      • Probation Services
      • Professional Advisors & Consultants
      • Solicitors
      • Social Welfare organisations
      • Survey & Research organisations
      • Training providers or learning institutions
      • Utility companies

In some cases we may also have a duty to disclose your information by law to:

      • Central Government Departments
      • Courts & Tribunals
      • Statutory agencies
      • Local Authorities
      • Organisations who support crime prevention or detection, the prevention and detection of fraud, and for the purposes of the National Fraud Initiative
      • Other Registered Providers of Social Housing
      • Regulators

S4B will not share or disclose your information with anyone who claims to represent you or be acting on your behalf unless we have verified you have appointed them or they are acting in some recognised official capacity.

  1. Updates to our Privacy Policy

We may make changes to our Privacy Policy from time to time. Any updates to the Privacy Policy will be published on our website where we will publish a new version of this Policy.

  1. Contact information

Any questions or requests regarding this Privacy Policy should be addressed to our Data Protection Officer at

Document replaces: S4B Privacy Policy v1
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