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Renting rooms and houses in Ghana : check out features of the new bill put before parliament

Renting a room or a house in Ghana, has been a big struggle for ordinary Ghanaians.

Normally the law governing the rent in Ghana obliged the landlords to collect a maximum advance of 6 months for their rooms or houses. But the reality on the ground is far different from the law.

It is well known in Ghana that landlords or landladies can collect from two years advance up to 3 years and even more, situations which prevent ordinary Ghanaian from having access to affordable accomodation.

The P.R.O of the Rent Control Department, mr Emmanuel H. Kporsu, reacting on Newday TV3 program, this morning assures Ghanaian that a new bill related to Rent in Ghana has been put before parliament seeking to amend the current regulation for efficient renting of rooms and houses in Ghana.

According to him, the new bill will request a landlord to only collect a maximum of 12 months of rent.

Added to that he revealed that very soon rooms and houses agents will be given licence before they can operate as agents.

He encourages all Ghanaian be tenants or landlords to come to the Rent Control Department any time there raises issue relating to the determination of rent advance, recalling the fact that over the years the citizenry hasf failed to help for the implementation of the law regarding renting houses and rooms.

He calls for a collective responsibility to deal with the issue when the new bill is passed.

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Emmanuel H. Kporsu Ghana Ghanaian Newday TV3 Rent Control Department

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