Be mindful that not every organization is allowed to make a copy of your ID, so it’s important to take extra care to keep your identity safe. What about real estate agents? If you are eligible for a rental property at vb&t Verhuurmakelaars, we will ask you for a copy of your identity document. We do this because this is our legal obligation. Let us explain exactly how this is done in this article.
Real estate agencies must comply with the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing prevention Act we call Wwft. This states that is mandatory for an agency to investigate the identity of the customer to which they will provide a service. No services may be provided to anonymous parties by real estate agencies, lawyers, civil-law notaries and accountants, to prevent money laundering or terrorist financing
The agency is obliged to collect the following information:
Place of residence
Date of birth
Type, number, date and place of issue of the document
What does this mean for you?
Vb&t Verhuurmakelaars is also obliged to conduct research onto prospective tenants. We comply to our legal obligation by making a copy of your proof of identity. We have to keep the data we collect as long as you are a tenant and then for another 5 years. You are allowed to know which proof of identity you give us a copy of: a valid passport or identity card. However, please ask us to cross out your BSN-number. You can find a handy tool in our online tool “My Dossier” called “Anonymize Document”.