SANITIZE THE RENT INDUSTRY OR WE EMBARK ON A MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION EVER HELD IN GHANA
We members of the existing and prospective Tenants Association of Ghana (EPTAG) wish to give plead respectfully with government, led by H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, to as a matter of urgency, come to the aide of tenants and prospective tenants in this country. This has become necessary due to the recent hikes in rent cost without any legal backing or any directives from the rent control department. Even though things are hard in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent increase in fuel prices which has affected all goods and commodities, Landlords and household owners are taken advantage of this to unduly increase cost of rent without thinking about the negative effect on tenants and prospective tenants.
A single room Self contain in some parts of Accra even without kitchen is ranging from GH¢300 – GH¢500, with some even as high as GH¢600ghc. Now the prices of chamber and hall in Accra is so expensive that, tenants and prospective tenants are opting for single room s/c which is also becoming expensive as time goes by. The most criminal aspects of their activities is how the laws governing rent in this country has been thrown into the dust as if we are living in a no man’s land. We believe successive governments have not shown so much interest in rent issues in the country. Even though the new rent act is in place, its implementation is delaying and rather than taxing rent, government should rather implement the laws and later enroll the tax system.
We are at existing and prospective Tenants Association of Ghana (EPTAG) are lasing our boots to embark on a demonstration if government does not come in to help us. We have heard of the new rent policy to be implemented by government next year, but we cannot wait when household owners and landlords are killing us with their high cost of rents. Likewise, we believe if this is tackled, it will reduce the pressure on the economy and as well reduce the suffering of the average Ghanaian.
Long Live Ghana
President – EPTAG