To avoid prosecution by the rent control department, property owners and people with an interest in the rental business have three months to regularize their operations in accordance with the Rent Act, 1963(Act 2020).
At a press conference to inform the public of its quest to ensure that players in the rent business operate within the Ghana’s rent laws last week, Mr. Emmanuel Kporsu, Public Relations Officer of the Rent Control Department, said, legally clothed with the powers to handle rent-related issues in the country, the department will embark on an enforcement drive aimed at bringing sanity to the rent business, pursuant to, Rent Act 1963 (act 220) and PNDC Law 138.
"There would be a massive prosecution of all offenders of the rent act 220 and the rent control law 1986. This implies that all landlords and property owners and other persons who are interested in any aspect of the rental business by way of caution are given from October 2021 to December 2021 to regularize their operations and adhere to all the provisions of the rent acts." He said.
The acts enjoin landlords to issue a rent card, receipt and a tenancy agreement form to tenants before any monetary transaction is made, stating that a landlord is barred by law from renting out their property without the provision of these details.
Mr. Emmanuel Kporsu noted that it is unlawful for landlords to use goodwill and security deposits as conditions for renting out premises, especially commercial properties. This he described as an abuse of the tenants’ rights, adding that some property owners collect these sureties and fail to pay taxes on them.
With the exception of the Northeast and Savannah Regions, the rent control department, according to the public relations officer, has 58 offices in 14 regions with only two vehicles for use, exposing the logistical challenges it faces in carrying out its legal mandate, but emphasized their unwavering commitment to ensuring that the rent laws are followed to the latter.
Source: Reuben Affum-Ankamah(Real Estate Times Africa)