We Have Only Two Functional Vehicles Nationwide - Rent Control
The Rent Control Department wants the government to provide it with adequate logistics to effectively aid its work. The department also says it has only two vehicles nationwide, which is woefully inadequate. This follows a public backlash that the rent control department is also underperforming. Speaking to the media after a visit to
the rent control offices in the Accra by a team also from the Ministry of Works and Housing, Chief Rent Officer, Twum Ampofo also said the provision of vehicles by the government is one of the department’s pressing needs. We are still asking for more logistics. In fact, with the help of the Chief Director, we have been able to acquire
some vehicles but when you look at the volume of the work across the nation, and we have only two vehicles which is not enough. So if the Ministry can provide us with more, at least, it will help us with monitoring of activities.
Rent Control Department to be revamped Asenso Boakye
The Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso Boakye, has said revamping Rent Control Department is high on the agenda of the government. In his address to the press after the visit, he announced that the Ministry of Works and Housing is currently engaging the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation to digitalise the
operations of Rent Control Department. DIgitalisation too will also ensure that the department speeds up all its operations, communicate with its clients digitally, and then also provide a sustainable income flow for the operations of the department, he said. Additionally, Mr. Asenso Boakye announced that the government is in
the process of reviewing the existing Rent Act, 1963 (Act 220), to sanitize rent administration regulation in the housing sector, and commercial properties. This will include the restructuring of the administrative set-up of the Rent Control and to also position the Department to efficiently perform its mandate. The new Act is intended
to safeguard the rights of vulnerable tenants who have been outpriced by the uncontrollable hikes in the cost of rental accommodation, and promote the development of rent-to-own housing schemes that are being piloted by this government, Mr. Asenso Boakye asserted. He also commended the management and the staff of the
organisation for holding the fort over the years amidst the difficulties too and urged them to continue to put up their best since the issue of rent and its attendant effect is very important and sensitive within the Ghana’s socio economic set-up.