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General News of Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Government to illegalise more than a month rent

The Water Resources Works, and Housing Ministry has reached one of the final stages of finalising the rent Bill that makes it illegal for landlords to charge more than a month rent from tenants, Joynews has gathered.

According to the document which is awaiting Cabinet’s approval, tenants will be expected to deposit a three-month rent in the bank as security after paying a month rent.

“It [bill] is ready now. We have finalised it and we are working to send it to Parliament at this stage so I am hoping that a week or two it will be submitted to Cabinet for consideration then we will bring it to Parliament,”

Deputy sector Minister, Samson Ahi told Joynews.

He revealed the decision was arrived at after an exhaustive consultation with stakeholders.

He said in the course of the discussion, there was the “school of thought that the rent bill should not go beyond six months.”

The argument, he disclosed, was backed with facts and figures making it compelling for the committee to adopt the position.

He explained “It stands that nobody should pay more than six months,” adding “In fact with this we are encouraging one month with three-month security deposit.”

The minister, however, disclosed the final acceptance of the position will be taken at the Parliamentary level when the Select Committee on Works and Housing finalises the document for discussion on the floor of the House.

He was hopeful that by the time the bill becomes a law, “we will as a country be able to fashion what will be accepted by us.”