- Many landlords in Ghana take advantage of the country's housing deficit to exploit people looking for homes to rent
- Before you decide on a place to rent, make sure you are aware of your rights and privileges as a tenant before you sign the rental agreement
- Do not rent a house until everything has been put in writing, signed and witnessed by a third party, most likely an agent
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Many people in Ghana are house hunting for the perfect dream home. When they find it, they will quickly pay to secure it before it is gone since most properties especially in Accra do not stay on the market for too long.
The urgency with which people pay up for properties means a lot do not do their due diligence to determine what their rights are when they finally move in. This leaves a lot of people frustrated in the long run.
Luckily, Yen.com.gh have put together four (4) rights every Ghanaian should know as a tenant when renting a place.
You have a Right to Your Privacy from Landlords
You have exclusive access to a house or apartment during your tenancy period. No landlord has the right to barge into your home at any hour for any reason.
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Landlords are not permitted to go through your possessions. If they want to enter your property, they must seek consent and permission from you before doing so.
Property Owners are Responsible for Structural Maintenance
Landlords are responsible for maintaining the property when it comes to fixes such as damaged roofs, faulty wiring, cracks in walls and other major repairs. The tenant, however, is required to fix minor repairs such as fixing a new light bulb or filling your gas cylinder.
Your Tenancy Agreement Cannot Be Terminated Before it Expires
No landlord can terminate your rental agreement without any justifiable cause. Your contract spells out the duration of your stay and you are entitled to the property for the entire duration. The only time a landlord may have a cause to evict a tenant is when there is a breach in the rental agreement. Even when the rental agreement has been breached, the landlord may have to give the tenant up to three months' notice to evict his property.
4 Classy Apartments in Accra you Should Consider Renting this Weekend
In an earlier article, Yen.com.gh carefully put together a list of 4 elegant properties for rent in Accra that may not be on the market for too long. Finding a place to rent is hard, so it is important to capitalise on this opportunity to land yourself a sweet deal.