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Rent control Ghana was introduced by the government to address some of these issues such as landlords charging exorbitant prices of rent, increasing prices of rent when they feel like doing so and ejecting tenants without any prior notice. Although rent control is of key interest in the sector, do tenants or even landlords know what it means to sign the Ghana rent control tenant agreement form? In this article, we’ll be looking at rent control in Ghana as a tenant’s guide to living peacefully.
For many years, housing has been a major concern in the country. Rental homes have been an alternative for the people who have no form of housing due to their availability and affordability. However, there have been a lot of issues in the sector.
In simple words, rent control is when the government places a limit on how much a property owner or landlord can charge tenants as rent.
Rent Control Law, 1986 (PNDCL 138) was passed to regulate the relationship between tenants and landlords in Ghana. Section 4 of the Rent Control Law 1986 ( PNDCL 138), states that “every landlord of any residential accommodation ( be it a single or two-roomed accommodation) shall register with the Rent and Housing Committee each lease within 14 days of entering into the tenancy agreement”.
The Committee also served as an avenue where tenants and landlords could voice their concerns. Section 7 of the same law states further that “complaints or an action by a landlord against a tenant in respect of a residential accommodation whether single or two-roomed shall not be heard by the Rent and Housing Committee unless it is satisfied that the landlord has fulfilled the obligations imposed on the landlord by section 5.
Section 5 obligates landlords of residential accommodation to:
2. Furnish to the nearest Rent and Housing Committee a list of the names of the tenants and the actual rents paid by each of the tenants.
According to section 6 of the Rent Control Law 1986, the enactment of a tenant or recovery of possession from a tenant in respect of a residential accommodation shall not be entertained unless,
b) Or that the accommodation is reasonably required by the landlord to be used by the landlord for business purposes.
Subsection 3 adds that once a landlord makes an application for the ejection of a tenant or the recovery of possession based on the reason stated above, the Rent and Housing Committee may call for documentary evidence or verification from the landlord and may, if satisfied, make an appropriate order.
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Rent control has been met with some controversies and opposition by landlords. The policy seeks to protect the tenant and landlord alike. However, some landlords are of the perception that the tenant stands to benefit. Hence the question, what does rent control mean for the landlord? Below are some advantages and disadvantages of rent control for landlords in Ghana.
Rent control undoubtedly eases the burden on tenants. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of rent control for tenants in Ghana.
In Ghana, a landlord is mandated by law to serve a tenant with 30 days’ notice to move out. For a landlord to evict a tenant there are some processes he or she must go through to legally evict a tenant.
By law, tenancy agreements or rent contracts in Ghana last for 6 years, however, most tenants and landlords come to an agreement of 3 years. After 3 years, the tenant can decide to call for a renewal of the contract or move out. If the tenant decides to terminate the contract before 3 years, he is to give the landlord 3 months’ notice as mentioned earlier or in some cases find someone to take over till the 3 years period is up. In other cases, the tenant has to wait for a refund since the tenant money may have used the money for other things. If the landlord also decides to terminate the contract, the landlord is mandated to give the tenant a period of three months to find accommodation elsewhere.
Whichever way you want to look at it, Rent control Ghana by regulating rent has made house renting uniform such that it benefits both the landlord and tenant although we have a long way to go as a country.
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