House owners who throw out tenants for not paying rent are in breach of the law, says a representative of the Rent Control Department has said.

Speaking on Prime Morning on Joy Prime, the Public Relations Officer for the Rent Control Department of Ghana, Emmanuel Hovey Kporsu, said the appropriate body responsible for dealing with such issues is the Rent Control Department or the Magistrate, not Landlords.

“The landlord has no right to order any tenant out of their house, even if the rent expires. Even if the tenant willingly gives you notice that they’ll vacate soon, you don’t have the right to sack them.

“It’s either the rent control officer or the magistrate who has the right to do so. On the basis that an offense has been committed, [you can report] and then we’ll investigate and if truly an offense has been committed, we can order the tenant out of the house”.

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