Enforce Ghana's law on Rent
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It has become normal for people who have single rooms, two bedroom apartments or even entire houses to rent out their facilities demanding as much as three years rent advance.
Ghana's rent laws does not support this sort of extortion by landlords and property owners but it seems the government is not concerned about enforcing our laws when it comes to rent. Many young people have had to take huge amounts against salaries they are yet to earn to be able to afford a decent accommodation.
We need authorities to enforce Ghana's Rent Act in order to create a fair system where young people are able to afford their own apartments without subjecting themselves to the torturous agony of raising years of rent advance.
A few days ago, I was ripped off by an impostor who posed with an agent as a landlord and the amount of money I lost was due to the ridiculous two years rent advance culture we have been subjected to. I would have lost nothing more than three months of advance if the laws of our country was being enforced. The issue of agents who go into agreements with these landlords not to give out their properties directly to tenants is also troubling because these agents are not regulated and young people like myself are left to deal with them without oversight from any state agency.
The solution is simple, just like the TV license court, we need a court for agents and landlords who condition rental on more than the legally allowed advance amount to be charged.
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