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Infrastructure Development Construct affordable stores for traders - Rent Control to gov't

Many traders in the main CBDs in the country have often argued that they are unable to rent shops located in such areas because of the high rent demanded by the shop owners.

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The Rent Control Department has called on the government to put in measures to ensure that affordable stores are built for traders at the Central Business Districts.

The Public Relations Manager of the Department Twum Ampofo in an interview with Accra-based Starr FM said it is time for the government to think of affordable stores in the markets since it has been discussing affordable housing.

“We talk of putting up properties; for instance as they are talking about putting up affordable houses they can also put up stores. So that if anything at all, the pressure of paying rent advance can be regularised. So we have to think of affordable stores being built by the State”.

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Many traders in the main CBDs in the country have often argued that they are unable to rent shops located in such areas because of the high rent demanded by the shop owners.

Ampofo however, argued that the rent has become expensive because many shop owners are increasing their rents due to the influx of foreigners in the retail business.

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There is no legislation on shop renting in Ghana. This means shop owners can take advantage of the situation to oppress their tenants.

Some residential facilities in and around the Central Business District in Accra are converting their residential facilities into shops because of the income they will earn after renting them.

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