Your data: buy back scheme

How we use your information

The information you provide will be used to assess and process your application to the Buy Back Scheme. We will use your information to make the necessary checks in relation to debt being owed to Aberdeen City Council including private sector housing grants and Council Tax arrears. Please note, any outstanding debt identified as being owed will be deducted from the sale of the proceeds prior to settlement. Data may be matched with information held on other Council systems for the prevention and detection of fraud.

Who we share information with

In order to assess your application, we are required to carry out a number of survey and safety checks in and around your property. Your information will be shared with third-party contractors for the purpose of carrying out these checks. Our third-party contractors will only use your personal information provided to them to undertake the required safety checks and to fulfil their contractual obligations to the Council. 

If as part of the process it is identified that you would benefit from support from other Council services, for example the Financial Inclusion Team, we will share your information if you are happy for us to do so.

How long we keep your information for

If your application is successful and we buy back your Council house, we will keep your information for 7 years. Unsuccessful applications will be kept for 1 year.

Your rights

You have rights in relation to your data, including the right to ask for a copy of it. See more information about all the rights you have, as well as the contact details for the Council’s Data Protection Officer. You also have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office if you think we haven’t handled your data properly.

Our legal basis

Aberdeen City Council is the Data Controller for this information. Wherever the Council processes personal data, we need to make sure we have a legal basis for doing so in data protection law. The Council understands our legal basis for processing personal data in relation to your application as a necessary part of taking steps towards a legal contract with you. In doing this, the Council is also likely to process special categories of personal data. The Council understands our legal basis for doing so is because it is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest. 

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