Landlords with more than 6 months rent to be jailed for 2 years - Rent Control

Landlords who demand over two years rent advance could be jailed

PR of the rent control says rent should not exceed 6 months

Ghana’s rent bill has been passed to protect tenants

The Rent Control has warned that landlords who charge more than six months of rent could be jailed for two years.

Speaking on Joy News, Public Relations Officer of the Rent Control Department, Emmanuel Hovey Kporsu stated that property owners must not exploit tenants to recoup their investments.

“Any person who as a condition of the grant, renewal or continuance of a tenancy demands in the case of monthly or shorter tenancy, the payment in advance of more than a month’s rent or in the case of tenancy exceeding six months, the payment in advance of more than six months’ rent shall be guilty of an offense and shall upon conviction by the appropriate rent magistrate be liable to a fine not exceeding 500 penalty unit or in default imprisonment term not exceeding 2 years or both,” he stated.

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Some students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology are injured following some misunderstanding between Unity and University Halls early Sunday morning.

School properties within the Great Hall were destroyed by the students. The incident is believed to have started due to disagreement over vetting for Student Representative Council aspirants.

A student who forms part of the management council of Kantanka Hall explained how serious the situation went with the looting of school property.

“Wthe ‘Katangees’ arrived, there was some sort of confusion between them and the Continentals. One gentleman believed to be part of the management team of an aspirant from Conti was preventing the ‘Katangees’ from entering the Hall. This caused the first chaos between the two sides,” He explained.

Meanwhile, security has been deployed to campus as calm is said to have been restored.

The Coronavirus Pandemic has grounded millions of International Students from exploring their dreams to study in the United States.

In Ghana, tens of students who got admission to their various colleges of study in the U.S. have had to either defer their course or risk losing their scholarships and study grants.

With Ghanaian students beginning their US programs in 2021, they must obtain a Student Visa from the US embassy within 120 days before their program starts. But as it stands, consulates are operating with limited staff.

“US consulates are horribly backlogged. Majority of consulates are processing visas but not fast enough to get students here in time,” Jula Gelatt, Senior Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute revealed.


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