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Meqasa Ltd holds 5th home, property fair

BY: Elizabeth Konadu-Boakye & Jemima Obeng Addae
Officials from the Rent Control Department of the Ministry of Works and Housing attending to participants of the Meqasa Home and Property Fair. Picture: ELVIS NII NOI DOWUONA

Meqasa Limited, an online home and property firm, has held its fifth edition of the Meqasa Home and Property Fair two years after the COVID-19 break.

The fair, held in Accra on June 4, brought together stakeholders in the housing and property industry to showcase what they had and also to take advice on property purchase.

The Chief Executive Officer for Meqasa Limited, Kelvin Nyame, said it was important to organise a fair like this to bring in people to meet face to face with stakeholders in the housing and property industry to talk and find out everything there was to know about property purchase.

"Our clients wanted a platform like this where they can have a face to face interaction with buyers because there is a lot of trust issues online, so we decided to organise this to bring all stakeholders on board to meet face to face so the clients can get more information to make informed decisions ", he said.

Rent

The Head of Public Relations for Rent Control Department at the Ministry of Works and Housing, Emmanuel Kporsu, said many Ghanaians failed to come to them for advice on rent and issues around it.

However, his department was ready to receive and answer questions on any rent issue that bothered them.

He cautioned that tenants should seek advice from the rent control department when renting a property to avoid making mistakes like paying two years rent advance to a landlord when the law frowned on that.

“What Ghanaians don’t know about us is that the department is there to make sure there is no dispute between landlords and tenants” he said.

In renting a property, he said, tenants needed to demand from the landlord assessment certificate, a tenant agreement, a rent card and receipt to show that they had paid the rent.

The Head of Real Estate and Infrastructure at M&O Law Consult, Emmanuel Sackitey Mate-Kole, said there were a number of processes to follow when renting or acquiring a property which included seeking legal opinion.

A search at the Lands Commission, he added, was necessary to confirm who the owner of the property was.

Mr Mate-Kole added that a high court search, litigation check, a check with the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA) to find out whether the land had been re-zoned and for what purpose was all the requirement one needed to check before making any purchases.

“There is also a search at the office of administrator of stool lands to find out if it is a stool land, family land or clan land to check whether ground rent has been paid. If it hasn’t been paid, the owner of the land can re-enter at any time. You are also required to do a check with the Customary Land Secretariat which is responsible for establishing titles on stool lands”, he added

He, therefore, urged tenants to, at all times, seek legal consent before purchasing any property.