Three-month grace period after expiration of rent not backed by law – Rent Control

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Landlords and landladies have no obligation to give tenants a three-month grace period after their rent has expired; the Rent Control Department has clarified.

There is a widespread assertion that tenants are entitled to a three-month grace period after expiration of their rent for them to either move out or renegotiate with their landlords or landladies for extension.

Despite the popularity of this assertion, Public Relations Officer of the Rent Control Department, Emmanuel Hovey Kporsu  in an interview monitored by ABC News emphasized that this assertion is a mere misconception. According to the PRO, there is no evidence of such provisions in the country’s rent laws let alone stay for free throughout the “grace period”.

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The PRO cannot fathom why a landlord should pay an annual property rate for a tenant to claim a rent-free grace period after his/her period has expired.

He therefore admonished tenants to begin to initiate a conversation with landlords whether there will be renewal or vacation of the premise getting to the third or second month to the end of the tenancy.

This will afford the landlord an opportunity to advertise the premise for new tenants should the current tenant vacate the premise.

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“This notion in the minds of tenants that when you are being evicted, you should be given three months grace period is not in our laws. .. So there’s no free rate and there’s no grace period,” Mr. Kporsu emphasized.

He further explained that “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.”

SourceABC News

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