Renting out houses at your own rate amounts to 2 years in prison or GHS 6,000 fine – Rent Control Department to Landlords

Landlords who rent out houses to tenants at their own rates without the approval of the Rent Control Department will be arraigned and sentenced to a two-year imprisonment jail term or pay a fine of six thousand Ghana Cedis for breach of the law.

The Public Relations Officer for the Rent Control Department of Ghana, Emmanuel Hovey Kporsu, told Kwaku Owusu Adjei, famously known as Pato, in an interview on Monday, May 17, 2021.

Speaking on Original 91.9FM’s socio-political programme, Adwenkasa, Emmanuel Hovey Kporsu, explains Section 5 of the Rent Act of Ghana 1963, clearly indicates the sanctions for unlawful renting out of houses.

“Offences under Section 25, It states failure to adhere to the laws you could be jailed for two years or be fined 500 penalty unit which is equivalent to GHS6,000. That is what the law says,” Hovey Kporsu said.

The application of the law, the PRO for the Rent Control Department, mentioned that has failed because there has been no intense education to inform the citizenry and as result, there are not familiar with the law.

“Rent issues commenced in 1942 and the law was introduced in 1963. It’s been 58 years.”

“You cannot just come out then ascertain a law or pass a law without educating the people. Since 1942 there has been an education but it is not intensive as to compare to the last two years,” he noted.


By: Bernard Ralph Adams | | Ghana


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