You’ve decided to move into a new property and are looking for a house or an apartment to rent but don’t know what to look for. To find the right property, one that will not cause any trouble after you’ve signed the contract, meQasa has provided some guidelines to help with what every tenant in Ghana needs to know.
Before we get started, it’s important to note that most tenants and landlords have neither read, understood nor know about the Ghana Rent Control declarations. This results in laws being broken and toxic misinformation being circulated. Being ignorant of this law can result in loss of money and property and also encourage cheating and fraud by other parties. To stay informed, check out the Proposed Reform of The Ghana Rent Act (220).
Additionally, click here to download the Rent Control Law 1986 (PNDCL 138). Staying on top of these two laws will deepen your understanding of Ghana’s rent laws.
Anybody who wants to rent and occupy a property for a period of time is known as a tenant. In Ghana, there are rules/laws that regulate tenancy of occupants of a property. These laws are in the form of a tenancy agreement, which is given to tenants before they are provided with accommodation.
The tenancy agreement sample should include:
- Who the property is being leased to;
- The property address;
- The rental costs;
- The duration of the tenancy; and
- The obligations of the landlord and the tenants.
Every agreement related to tenancy should be in accordance with the laws of the nation. Like any other contract, the lease agreement should include the rules and rights, as well as the regulations of both the tenants and the landlords. The agreement should be signed by both parties, and a copy of the contract should be issued to all involved.
The Rent Act of Ghana (Act 220) was established in 1963 and was mandated by the Rent Control Division, as the body in charge of monitoring and establishing guidelines to manage the tenant-landlord relationship. There are also rent control laws in Ghana to regulate the eviction of tenants by landlords. This Act procures the tenant a period of time to search for accommodation while he/she is being evicted; this is normally three months.
Although a Rent Act exists, a law court can order the immediate vacation of the tenant from a premise for reasons such as the immediate need of property for personal use by the landlord or the landlord’s need to renovate the property. Even in such situations, the tenant is given some time to search for accommodation.
If you have any issues with your landlord and you need help, the best option is to speak to Rent Control Ghana. This authority is responsible for handling disagreements between tenants, landlords and any other individuals interested in a particular property and will be able to provide further advice in any difficult situations.
Curious about the rent law? We’ve included a copy of the Rent Control Law 1986 (PNDCL 138) below as well as a link to download.
Rent Control Law 1986 (PNDCL 138)