By Adama Tine
During a recent session of the National Assembly, lawmakers unanimously raised concerns and debated the rampant increment of house rent in the country, which they described as irregular and uncalled for.
In his contribution, Hon. Bakary Camara, National Assembly Member for Kiang Central stressed that there is no control in terms of the way people conduct themselves with regards to rent, noting that according to the 2014 Rent Act, landlords are not allowed to increase rent without consulting area councils and if one is asked to pay rent in advance, it should not exceed three months and the standard of the house must be thoroughly looked at.
He added that landlords are just building houses, giving them out to estate agents and bestowing on them with the responsibility of collecting their rent and if the landlord decides that every month the rent is D2000 or D2500, the collector or estate agent will add another D500 or more, which he said is one of the reasons why house rent is very expensive in the country.
According to him, the power of increasing the rent should be shifted to the councils so that instead of landlords increasing their rent on their own will, that responsibility will be given to councils to look at the house and if there is need to increase then it can be increased.
Camara pointed out that landlords are making life very difficult for many people because eviction orders are given to people at the courts on a daily basis as a result of conflicts between them and their landlords which he said is wrong as it is their fundamental human rights to have places to stay peacefully.