Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in a visit to the rent control department has disclosed plans and efforts being made to digitize the activities of the department.
According to him, the “digitization will allow landlords and tenants have an option to register as well as submit their tenancy agreements electronically which will reduce the queues at the office and enhance efficiency.
He noted that each property will be uniquely identified by the digital property address whereas complaints by tenants or landlords can be filed online from next year.
On rent advance he explained government will be introducing a new programme to bridge the information and financial gap between tenants and landlords. Furthermore, they’ll 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 said.
He added, “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.”