Property owners in the country have been urged to be careful in renting out to foreigners, particularly in this period as the country intensifies its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, wants property owners to demand from prospective tenants clearance that they are negative of the virus.
Addressing a press briefing on Tuesday [April 28, 2020], Samuel Atta Akyea urged property owners to prioritize the public health concerns of the country over their potential profits.
He says that this is necessary as the outbreak of the virus in the country was imported.
“Landlords must be worried about potential tenants from foreign countries. Without a COVID-19 test clearance, don’t admit such a potential tenant,” he said.
The legislator further urged further property owners to maintain a cordial relationship with their tenants as the world deals with the pandemic.
Human beings are more precious than economic gains and this non-negotiable moral virtue should guide the landlord and tenant relationship within the confines of the law when the world is overhelmed by the novel coronavirus.
Samuel Atta Akyea was, however, quick to add the fight against the pandemic does not mean that the laws regarding property ownership and leasing have been suspended.
He says that the period rather demands that persons are more law-abiding.
Ghana has confirmed 1,671 cases of the coronavirus with 188 recoveries and 16 deaths.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com