The Rent Control Department has condemned the decision by Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice(CHRAJ) to pay rent advance in excess of the mandatory six months.
According to the Chief Rent Officer, Addo Soin Dombo, the commission also violated the rent laws by paying the Commissioner’s rent in dollars.
Addo Soin Dombo is therefore calling for punitive measures against house owners who quote prices in dollars.
[contextly_sidebar id=”msxGg1PkROTrCvbBqJbYxWb7JU66q6ko”]Speaking to Citi News, Mr Dombo said the CHRAJ Boss has violated the rent law saying, “this is a clear violation of the rent law and I’m surprised of a person of her stature, who should know best, she is a lawyer, she’s supposed to be implementing laws.”
“For her to go and pay in dollars is another issue. We don’t spend dollars in Ghana here. So what do you want the other people to do. It is illegal, we don’t spend dollars in Ghana here, we spend cedis.”
He also called on government to take punitive measures against all landlords who charge in dollars.
” I think the government should take it up and come up with punitive measures against all landlords who charge in dollars. Starting even with the government, the government should stop charging their properties in dollars.”
“It is an error and for her to go and pay rent in excess of six months is another violation of the rent law, Section 25 of the Rent Act 220, 1963. It frowns on it. And for her, a commissioner and a lawyer to do this, I don’t know, God save us.”
The CHRAJ Commissioner, Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, has been accused of spending $180,000 on rent and also failing to prosecute public officials implicated in corrupt scandals.
By: Marian Efe Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana