The Rent Control Department, which was established in 1963, is mandated by the Rent Act of Ghana to handle disputes and issues involving tenancy and land ownership in the country.
However the Rent Control Department is once again said to be a body responsible for setting general rent prices if a certain proposed reform of the Ghana Rent Act is passed.
A proposed reform of the Rent Control Department of Ghana seeks to move power from the hands of the landowners to the Department of Rent Control. It also seeks to empower the Department of Rent Control by sending people from the Department out to educate both tenants and landowners on their rights and responsibilities.
The reform also proposes monthly rent payment as opposed to the 6-month rent law that is detailed currently under the law.
The proposed reform gives the Rent Control department the mandate to give landowners a price range by which they must abide by.
According to the Rent Control Department landlords do not have the right to increase their rentThe proposed reform gives the Rent Control Department the mandate to give landowners a price range by which they must abide by charges without permission from the department.
However the Rent Control Department, emphasize that rent can only be increased after the department has conducted an assessment of the House and issued out a certificate of satisfaction.
Meanwhile tenants across the country have been urged from the Rent Control Department not to pay more than six months rent advance to a landlord.
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