John Dumelo Says Current Rent Advance Practices A Major Concern For Him: "It's Illegal"

John Dumelo Says Current Rent Advance Practices A Major Concern For Him: "It's Illegal"

  • NDC parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon John Dumelo has denounced the practice where landlords take one year or two years' worth of rent in advance
  • According to him, those practices are illegal and place undue pressure on young Ghanaians who are renting for the first time
  • He says if elected, he will make sure that parliament enforces the rent laws to end the practice

The National Democratic Congress parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon, John Dumelo, says if elected, he would ensure that Ghana’s rent laws are enforced to the letter.

He is particularly passionate about enforcing the rent law’s stipulation of a maximum of 6 months' rent advance, which landlords across the country have blatantly flouted.

John Dumelo Says Current Rent Advance Practices A Major Concern For Him: "It's Illegal"
John Dumelo says when he becomes MP, he will make sure Parliament enforces the rent laws. Source: Adomonline(L)
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He says it is unconscionable to charge one or two years’ worth of rent in advance, considering the high cost of rent, particularly in Ghana’s urban centres, and the economic hardships many Ghanaians face.

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In an interview on GTV, he expressed deep concern for young graduates who are being charged huge amounts even when they have yet to secure proper jobs.

He called for an end to the practice.

“But everybody is charging 2 years, 3 years, your national service personnel, your allowance is a little over 700 cedis, and then you want to rent in Bawaleshie, you want to rent in Spintex, you want to rent in Kasoa or anywhere and then the landlord says its 600 cedis for a chamber and hall and you have to pay 2 years.
“Now 600 for 2 years that’s 7,200 times 2 that is 14,400, where are you going to get 14,400 as somebody who just graduated and pay two years rent advance. Where are you going to get the money to pay a year’s rent advance,” he said.

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He has called for the full enforcement of the law to allow people to have enough disposable income to spend on other things.

He says if he is elected as the representative for Ayawaso West Wuogon in the upcoming parliamentary elections on December 7, he will ensure that parliament enforces that law.

Ghanaian lady quizzes why Accra rent prices are so high

A Ghanaian lady has taken to social media to register her displeasure over the high cost of rent in Accra.

In a TikTok video, she questioned especially landlords in Accra on why they price their homes so high.

Ghanaians who thronged the comment session shared similar sentiments with the lady, with some blaming agents for the development.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported about a lady who posted a video on TikTok crying out and calling for landlords in the country to fix their high rent prices.

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The video showed the weeping lady lamenting how difficult it was for people to get decent accommodation in a place like Kasoa.

Her video touched the hearts of many people who commented on the post to comfort her and share their thoughts.


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