The Parliamentary Energy and Minerals Committee Chairman, Mr January Makamba

The Energy and Minerals Parliamentary Committee Chairman, January Makamba, intends to table two private motions including proposed Rental Housing Act in the current parliamentary session.

Addressing reporters in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, Mr Makamba said that the first motion aims at asking the parliament to demand the government to draft a bill on Rental Housing Act and present it in the next parliamentary session. According to him, there has been little control of the rental housing business especially in urban areas where about 60 per cent of urban residents reside in rental houses while 40 per cent of their incomes is spent on accommodation.

“There is need for the government to establish a specific law of controlling this business because its absence has made landlords wield so much power over their tenants,” he said. He said the law should, among other things, forbid landlords from claiming for yearly rental fees yet employees are paid salaries monthly, a situation that has been placing tenants in arrears while others engage in corrupt acts to afford the housing expenses.

He proposed for bi-monthly rental charges and that tenants should pay security deposits to allow tenants rent houses in a comfortable and affordable manner. Mr Makamba said the regulation would also ensure the recognition and regulation of brokers (middlemen) who have always caused conflicts in the business, adding that their identification would increase government revenue through taxes.

The second motion to be tabled by Mr Makamba intends to implore parliament to demand the government to present the bill on Financial Consumer Act during the next parliamentary session. According to Mr Makamba, there has been a rapid expansion of services in the financial sector with no control of consumer’s rights, a situation that has caused disturbances, fraud and abuse by the service providers.

“All these abuses and frauds are due to the lack of laws that regulate the rights of consumers in the financial institutions as well as the state organs to control their rights. “Currently, we lack a specific law that protects consumers’ rights in the financial sector as the laws used are only aimed at protecting the financial sector from economic crisis,” he added.

By DORA TESHA, Tanzania Daily News

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