Landlords warned to do due diligence on background of their tenants

Landlords warned to do due diligence on background of their tenants

- The Police has warned that landlords who fail to do rigorous background checks on potential tenants

- According to the police, landlords of tenants, especially foreigners will be held liable if they are involved in any crime

The Ghana Police Service has urged landlords to do rigorous background checks on potential tenants before indulging them.

The police said landlords are the ones to be held liable should their tenants be involved in any criminal activities.

Speaking to Accra-based Joy FM, the Director of Operations at the Accra Regional Police Command, ACP Kwesi Ofori, said landlords must be wary of who they accept as tenants.

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He said there is the need to keep some form of identity and have a lot of information about potential tenants, especially foreigners.

According to him, landlords will be considered as accomplices should be tenants be involved in any crime.

People cannot come and use your property as a prison to detain others and maltreat them…investigations will seriously count them in [when their tenants commit crimes],” ACP Ofori said.

The warning comes on the back of a series of kidnappings and abductions in the country in recent months.

Last Thursday, April 18, a Consular General and Head of Mission of Estonia was kidnapped by three Nigerian nationals.

Another Indian businessman, 30, was also abducted by unknown assailants around Sakumono.

Although both men have since been rescued by the police, the culprits are still yet to be apprehended.

In light of such circumstances, ACP Ofori recommended the following safety tips:

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- The moment you see any struggle between two people in which someone/people is/are trying to push someone/people into a vehicle you should immediately call the police emergency numbers or any local police.

-The public should take interest in the police officers around their area and have their contacts if possible.

- People should study their environment well and not take things for granted when they notice someone/people following them when they are on foot or driving.

- He is urging those who find themselves in such situations to immediately toot their horns, do something unusual to raise alarm or drive to the nearest police station.

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