A home is everyone?s priority. We need it to survive, for protection from the elements and even to satisfy our egos. According to the last Census recorded in 2010, about 47 percent of Ghana?s population are homeowners.

The majority of the population are left to seek other means of finding shelter due to affordability challenges. Renting, for the most part, is the best alternative for such house-hunters. In reaction to this phenomenon, the Rent Control Department was created to ensure a favorable rent environment. Leading real estate portal Lamudi Ghana highlights five facts about renting that active and potential tenants should know.

Six months maximum rent charged in advance

Tenants should be made aware that Ghana?s current legislation. The Rent Act of 1963 demands that landlords charge a maximum six months rent in advance. Unfortunately due to demand outstripping supply, landlords charge in excess, sometimes demanding up to three years rent advance.

2. The law applies only to landlords and tenants

This has been a controversial issue for many years. Does a house-hunter benefit from the protection of the Rent Act or only when he or she is a tenant? The answer is the latter. According to a Senior Rent Officer at the Rent Control Department, Mr Philip Skido Deh, a house-hunter can only negotiate on the terms of a landlord. However, upon becoming a tenant, the landlord is to charge not more than six months rent in advance when the initial period expires. A tenant is fully protected by the law in this case and should take the matter up with the Rent Control Board, which will ensure that the proper thing is done.

3. ?Rent advance law amendment proposal made

Ghana?s Rent Act has been in existence for over 50 years now. The last time it was amended was in 1986. This situation has attracted the need for a review of the law to reflect modern standards. According to Mr Deh, a proposal has been made to the government to have the current rent advance changed to one year to keep in track with modern practice of landlords.

4. ???Rent can only be increased after three years

Another important aspect of the law that both tenants and landlords should know, rental increments can only be made after three years of the initial rent charge. A tenant is protected by the law to seek redress if a landlord arbitrarily increases the rent. Again, due to high demand some landlords take advantage and increase rent charges as it suits them.

5. ??Rent increments need Rent Control Department approval

Even when a landlord?s desire is to increase his or her rent charge, it has to be done with the full knowledge of the Rent Control Department. The landlord is not permitted to increase rent without the approval of the Department. Anything else means going contrary to the law.

26 COMMENTS

  1. I rented a house for seven years three months at nsawam and stay in the house for six years now.I have traveled outside Ghana and the landlord is insisting that I should exit the house and come for my balance whilst my term of contract has not ended what do i do

  2. i was about to rent a house but the landlady told me that,it has left light and toilet there..So if i need the house i should come and pay my advance so that she add money to it to complete the house for me since last year October 2018 till now 2019 February she hasn’t done anything yet so i have rent a new house and i have paid a half of it now i am in need of that first apartment money,when ever i call her,she decide to pick my calls and even when she picks the call too she talks to me any how she want please what should i do….

  3. A contribution, Let’s see the replies right under every question asked because that’s how we will know this forum is active and engaging. Most times people have similar issues that some other people already have addressed here so simply following whatever answer given under that question, we are also answered and give a thumbs up for satisfaction. But since it’s not there obviously I’ll simply jump unto the next website for solutions. Hope you get what I mean?.

  4. Please I have an issue here.
    I rented a chamber and hall self contained from aguy .
    The place when I saw it wasn’t in a good shape so he promised to fix it 4 me as soon as I pay so I decided to give him 1yr rent and he asked me to move into the apartment in a week time but I decided to give him 2weeks so he can finish everything well.
    I packed my things to the place after 2weeks just to see the apartment thesame.
    I was upset so I decided to borrow money, rent another place as I needed it urgently.
    I later ask him to give the place out and refund my money.
    He increased the rent and he doesmt want to accept anyrhing less than 2yrs advance which makes it difficult for people to rent the place.
    Since October till now, my money is still hanging and the people are on my neck.

    Pls what should I do?

  5. Please help me out. what should be the condition of a newly built apartment before being rented out to a tenant? Should the painting be partially done(first coat) for the tenant to do second coat or landlord does full painted (first and second coat done) before renting it out to a tenant.

  6. I rented a two bedroom since feb 2013, and kept renewing it. My current agreement would have expired in june 2019. But on 8th December 2018, the landlady called to inform me that she had told the caretaker to inform me since august that she wont renew my tenancy after feb 2019(which was my first time hearing that). I pleaded to let June elapse so i move out but she said no and refunded my rent from march-June 2019, and gave me a grace period of march to vacate.
    I haven’t yet gotten a new place yet. I have told her to give me 2 more months but she’s adamant. What do I do? What redress avenues can I take?

  7. Hi goodday , please if you sign an agreement to continue your tancy 6 months ago and you are left with 5 days to pay and decided to quit what are the possibility to move out and what can happen to the Tanent ???
    Also can there be a possibility to pay any percentage?? Thx
    Kwame

      • What I mean is I signed to go on 6months ago, and now am left with 5days to pay and I want to move out can I move without any legal action against me?? Cos I did not give them the 3months notice to quit , am I breaching the contract? If yes what can I do please??

  8. Am left with 5days to pay and continue and already signed to continue 6months ago but now I want to leave can I just move out like that with out any legal action against me?? Cos I was supposed to give 3months notices which I did not do, Is it breach of contract which can give me problems?? Please. Kwame

  9. What I mean is I signed to go on 6months ago, and now am left with 5days to pay and I want to move out can I move without any legal action against me?? Cos I did not give them the 3months notice to quit , am I breaching the contract? If yes what can I do please??

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