Ministry to introduce Condominium Bill

Belinda Ayamgha

Accra, Aug. 2, GNA – The Ministry of Works And
Housing says it is working on a Bill to regulate the buildings sector in Ghana,
aimed at ensuring safety.

The Condominium Bill, according to Ms Freda
Prempeh, Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, will regulate the construction
of high-rise buildings in the country.

Speaking to the GNA in an interview at a
signing ceremony between Rendeavour, developers of Appolonia City and the Ghana
Home Loans at the US Embassy in Accra, she explained that a lot of high-rise
condominiums were being constructed across the city of Accra, which required
regulation by the Ministry.

“We need to put structures in place to ensure
that things are done right, so we are seriously working on the bill and very
soon it will go through the process before it comes back to Parliament.

She added that the Ministry was also working
to pass the Real Estate Agency Bill in this seventh Parliament.

The Bill was initiated in the sixth Parliament
but did not pass thus the process had been re-initiated and is expected to be
passed in this Parliament.

“We are also trying to revise the Building
Codes and the Rent Act as well,” she said, adding that the initiatives were to
help sanitise the industry and prevent people from doing whatever they liked.

“If we have all these bills in place to
regulate the industry, then I think we won’t be heading towards any sort of
disaster, even though we can’t control natural disasters”.

Ms Prempeh said while she could not give
timelines for the passage of the Bills, the Ministry expected to pass two Bills
and two revisions made before the mandate of the present government ended in
four years.

She said the Rent Control Department dealt
with over 20,000 cases every year but were too under-resourced to effectively
deliver on their mandate, thus a revision of the Act will help equip them to
deal with the situation.

It will also ensure that tenants and landlords
had cordial negotiations and relations and stressed the need for all parties,
including the media to play their part in supporting implementation of the laws
when finalised.


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