The Rent Control Department of Ghana has stated that the notion by Ghanaians that when a landlord wants to evict a tenant there must be a three month grace period for the tenant to secure a new place is not in the tenancy law.
According to the Public Relations Officer at the Rent Control Department, Emmanuel Hovey Kporsu disclosed that although the notion of 3 months ‘free rent’ has been in existence for so many years, no landlord is obliged to agree to such demands unless they want to on their own free will.
“This notion in the mind of tenants that when you are being evicted,you should be given three months grace period is not in our laws” Emmanuel Hovey Kporsu told Joy News.
“So, there’s no free rate, and there’s no grace period. Nothing should prevent the landlord from collecting its rate from any tenant.”
“The scenario is that if you’ve come to stay on somebody’s premises and you want to dwell in for a year, getting to the third or second month to the end of your tenancy, you should start a conversation, start talking to the landlord whether you will renew it or you want to vacate.
“But you wait till the end of your tenancy before you go to the landlord or you run to the Rent Control Department that you want grace period and then also that the grace period must be free, this as I said, there’s no grace period, and there’s no free rent.” He explained.