Rent Control Department threatens to sanction cheating landlords

The Rent Control Department has expressed concern about arbitrary rent increases in the Country and threatened action against landlords acting outside the law.

Mr. Ishmael Essien, Asante Akim Central Municipal Manager, said any upward rent adjustment could only be done with the approval of the Department.

Anything short of that, he indicated, was a breach of the law and completely unacceptable.

Mr. Esseien, was addressing a day’s workshop in the Rent Regulation Act, held in Konongo for property owners and tenants in the municipality.

“Bridging the gap between landlords and tenants in rent issues – the role of the Rent Control Department”, was the theme and the goal was to help deepen public understanding of the Rent Law.

It comes amid growing complaints by tenants of flagrant disregard for the Rent Control Regulation.

Many property owners are reportedly taking advantage of the high demand for accommodation to ask for outrageous rents

Mr. Essien said it was important for everybody to be abreast of the rent law and to act together to ensure that it was upheld and respected.

He urged tenants to demand rent cards from their landlords, adding that it should contain details of the tenancy agreement between the two parties.

The card, by law, must be issued seven clear days after giving out a room or apartment for rent.

He spoke of the launch of a “door-to-door education campaign” to help the people to know everything they have to know about the rent control regulation to get everybody to act appropriately.



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