The government of Ghana is set to digitize the operations of the Rent Control Department to help minimize conditions between landlords and tenants in processing their contract agreements and others.
The information was announced by the Vice President of the Republic H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on his unannounced visit to the Rent and Control Department on today, Wednesday, 15th July, 2020.
The Vice President told the media that, his unannounced visit to the place was to observe how the Rent Control Department operates and to better understand the challenges confronting them so that, government could find a lasting solution to the problems.
Dr. Bawumia on his visit to place, assured the public that, government will ensure the Rent Control Department is digitized to lessen the stress landlords and tenants go through by processing their information manually. The according to him, the system will help them to process their tenancy agreements electronically.
“With digitization, landlords and tenants will have an option to register as well as submit their tenancy agreements electronically. This will reduce the queues at the office and enhance efficiency. Each property will be uniquely identified by the digital property address.”
The Vice President also added that, by 2021, all complaints including tenancy agreements will be filed electronically or online by landlords and tenants.
In addition, Dr. Bawumia disclosed that, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government, will in no time introduce a new programme to close information and financial gap between tenants and their landlords. This he said will enhance creditworthiness of both parties thereby reducing the need for large rent advance requests by landlords.
“I also noted that on rent advance government will be introducing a new programme to bridge the information and financial gap between tenants and landlords. The programme will enhance the creditworthiness of tenants and therefore reduce the need for large rent advance requests by landlords. The government will also be focusing, going forward, on increasing the stock of low-income social housing for rent.” He explained.
Addressing the media, the Vice President said “Cabinet has also received and is working on a new Rent Control Bill to replace the existing Rent Control Act (Act 220), passed in 1963. This will enhance the enforcement powers of the rent control board amongst others.”
The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was accompanied by the Minister for Works and Housing Hon. Atta Akyea and his deputy Hon. Mrs. Barbara Ayisi.