A typical example of a local house which is rented-out to tenants by landlords in Ghana.
Landlords who have been taking lengthy rent-advance from their tenants should watch out because there is a law which provides sanctions against such an act.
The section 25(5) of Ghana's Rent Act of 1963, specifically Act 220, implies that; for any person who has a condition, a grant, or tenancy, which is renewable, if the payment of the money involved is to be paid in an advance form, then the payment should not exceed 6-months.
Illustration of serving a jail term.
If one flouts this provision, upon conviction, one can be fined to pay an equivalent amount of GHC 6,000 or you can be jailed for a maximum of 2 years if you take rent-advance of more than 6-months in Ghana.
However, depending on the judge who sits on your case, you may be give both punishments of paying the fine and serving the jail term.
Therefore, landlords in Ghana should be informed about this law in order to prevent legal actions against them by their tenants.
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