The severe housing problems experienced in Ghana especially in cities like Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast is becoming so concerned among policy- makers. Rental housing pressures and conflicting relations between renters and property owners has become headlines discussed among the media.
It seems there is no institutional framework for regulating landlord or landlady tenent relations. A lot of landlords or properties owners charge exorbitant fees from renters, especially students and National Service Personnels are been forced to pay two years rent advance instead of one year service.
Rent Control Board of Ghana through their education speaking on Happy 98.9 revealed that; " Any landlord who disregards the act and is brought before a magistrate can face a jail term of two or maybe fine an amount of GHc 10, 000 or based on the discretion of the magistrates, one can suffer both".
According to the Public Relations Officer(PRO), of Rent Control Board of Ghana, landlords who charge advance in excess of six (6) months risk imprisonment.
My question is, how much rent advance did you pay for your room or apartment?
This is a warning for the rental housing group in Ghana.
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