EX President John Mahama has urged the government to order a freeze on ejections to reduce the pressure on tenants in Accra and other parts of the country.
According to John Mahama, he had an encounter with a woman who explained to him he had an encounter with a woman. Upon interaction, she told him that her landlord was demanding the rent for February and March which she could not pay.
As he asked why? the woman told him that she has been at home for a while due to the lockdown and hence could not raise the funds to pay the rent.
“A moratorium on ejections as a first step will be helpful to many who have lost their daily income as a result of the lockdown. In return, I believe the government can compensate landlords and landladies for any income lost through tax reliefs, exemptions among others,” the former President proposed to the government.
In Singapore, restaurants and other commercial tenants that are unable to pay rent due to the financial impact of measures introduced to curb Covid-19 pandemic in that country will be able to hold off such contractual obligations for at least six months under a proposed law.
When passed, landlords would not be allowed to terminate the lease of these tenants or repossess the premises if the rental is not paid during the relief period.
This may be a good call for struggling families who have only falling victims of circumstances.