During your search for the (dream) apartment, sensitive data is revealed even before the rental agreement is signed. Once the coveted property has been found, the self-disclosure and further questions follow. Here, for example, you give your first and last name, address and professional situation. For landlords and real estate agents, this is a "must-have" in preparation for the rental contract, as well as for a better assessment of the prospective tenant. The information you provide in the self-disclosure is voluntary, but you will probably not be able to avoid this form, as it may reduce your chances of being accepted for the desired property.
Other data are also checked
Other documents that you attach to your self-disclosure include your pay slip (usually up to 3 months) as well as SCHUFA information and a confirmation from your former landlord. Thus, there is a risk of revealing more details about you than actually desired. In the context of these queries, the protection of your personal data must be observed in any case.
Only with consent
The processing of your information can only take place if you consent (preferably in writing).
What questions you do not have to answer
In particular, religion, ethnicity, health, political interest, sexuality or appearance belong to a special category and may not be requested or stored. The processing of this data is prohibited.
Permissible are information regarding your creditworthiness, net income, insolvency, information on persons moving in or master data. The check of creditworthiness is acceptable from an economic point of view. Further data of the SCHUFA information may not be requested.
If the landlord or broker violates the BDSG, he must expect severe fines, especially for personal data of the special category .