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LANDLORDS LEGAL OBLIGATIONS

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Landlords are now subject to many legal obligations relating to the property condition and the persons permitted to occupy them. You need to keep an eye on things. For example:

1. You need to be sure that the property is in proper condition – you now have a legal obligation to ensure that it is ‘fit for human habitation’ throughout the tenancy. You do not want your tenants to acquire the right to make a claim against you.
2.You need to make sure that the value of your investment is not being reduced. Tenants can do a lot of damage to a property – the worst example being conversion to a immoral home (more common than most people realise).
3. You need to make sure tenants have not carried out any unauthorised changes to the property. This can range from things such as unauthorised installation of gas or electrical appliances (which can be very dangerous if not done by properly qualified installers) to repainting the walls.
4. You need to make sure that there are no changes in the occupiers. For example, if the tenants have taken in a nani to help them meet their expenses this must be known.
5. You need to check tenants are not subletting a room (or even the whole property) via services such as Agents. If your property is leasehold, this could breach the terms of your lease and could make it vulnerable to forfeiture. If you have a mortgage it will almost certainly breach the terms of your mortgage.
6. Finally, you need to make sure that there is nothing going on which will adversely affect your insurance cover.

For all of these problems, it is ESSENTIAL that you carry out regular inspections of your properties. Or employ a suitable company to do it for you.

SO HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU INSPECT?

Property inspections tend to be unpopular with both landlords and tenants. Landlords don’t want the hassle and tenants resent having someone coming into their home and poking around in their cupboards!

However, unfortunately, it is now a very important part of managing rented property. PARTICULARLY if the property is registered with the rent control department.

My view, as I have expressed before to a clamour of disapproval, is that the starting point for inspections is every three months. However, how often you actually inspect will depend upon the property and the tenants concerned or base on a clause in the tenancy agreement.

But even if you do not want to do a formal inspection more than every six months, I would suggest that you at least carry out a visual inspection of the outside – if only from the road – just to make sure that it appears to be in good condition. If there is anything that bothers you, you can then contact the tenants to arrange a visit.

EDUCATION

Apateim Methodist Basic School Receives Learning Materials From The Shidaa Foundation

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The Shidaa Foundation led by Canada-based Ghanaian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Roland Akwensivie has donated learning materials to Apateim Methodist Basic School in the Nzema East Municipal in the Western region.

On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, the foundation donated an electric wheelchair, reading books, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, binders, colored pencils and crayons, calculators, mathematical sets, and school bags.

In an interview with Wyse Brain of Wyse Promotions, Mr Roland Akwensivie disclosed the reasons why he chose Apateim for this particular donation.

“Apateim was identified as an area with a significant need for educational support. This was based on factors such as economic conditions, access to educational resources, and the number of underserved children in the community. The foundation identified Apateim as an area where the donations would have the most impact”, he said.

He also appealed to the general public to support the Shidaa Foundation.

“The Shidaa Foundation welcomes support from individuals and organizations to help advance its mission of empowering underserved youth and improving education. Contributions can take various forms including donations, in-kind donations, volunteering, partnerships, advocacy, sponsorship, and community engagement”, he added.


The mission of The Shidaa Foundation is to advance education and empower underserved youth to reach their full potential. The foundation is dedicated to providing educational support, resources, and opportunities to children in need, ensuring that they have the tools to succeed in their academic journeys.

The vision of The Shidaa Foundation is to create a brighter future by making education accessible and igniting hope in underserved communities. The foundation aspires to touch the lives of as many children as possible, kindling their love for learning and providing them with the necessary tools to succeed. It envisions a world where education is a transformative force, breaking down barriers and empowering youth to realize their dreams.

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Poor Sanitation In Winneba Calls For Major Concern

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In recent times, a significant health risk has emerged in Winneba due to inadequate sanitation practices. Winneba, a town and the capital of the Efutu Municipality in the Central Region of Ghana, is home to a population of 55,331 individuals who are grappling with the adverse effects of subpar sanitation conditions. The availability of safe drinking water and proper sanitation facilities have become a pressing concern. Presently, Winneba is contending with a marked decline in environmental sanitation, notably in areas like Akosua village, Eyipey, Sankor, and Sekegyano.

The poor state of sanitation in Winneba can be attributed to several underlying factors. Firstly, the absence of adequate sanitation facilities, including proper toilets and latrines, in both rural and urban areas is a matter of significant concern that requires immediate attention and resolution. The dearth of toilet facilities in Winneba has precipitated open defecation practices and contributed to substandard environmental hygiene. The consequences of open defecation, when combined with soil, lead to environmental pollution, water contamination, and, consequently, an elevated risk of diseases and fatalities.

Economically, the annual losses incurred due to poor sanitation amount to a range between 1% and 2.5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is essential to recognize that the actual cost could potentially surpass these estimates, as they encompass only the losses linked to premature mortality, healthcare expenditures, diminished productivity, and time wasted due to the practice of open defecation.

Secondly, the improper disposal of solid waste has inflicted severe damage on the local environment. The littering of materials in the streets, lanes, and gutters has precipitated a sanitation crisis in Winneba. This habit of indiscriminate littering have adversely impacted the lives of the residents. The absence of effective waste disposal planning at the grassroots level, the inadequacy of policy implementation, and the lack of awareness are formidable obstacles to the improvement of sanitation standards.

Furthermore, the rapid surge in Winneba’s population has placed an overwhelming strain on the existing sanitation infrastructure. The increasing number of households and schools lack the necessary facilities to manage their sanitation needs. Consequently, both adults and children endure the consequences of inadequate sanitation provisions.

To address these challenges, a multifaceted approach is imperative. Initiatives must be launched to stimulate the demand for sanitation services. This entails the implementation of measures by those in authority to employ individuals tasked with cleaning the environment to foster a healthy and hygienic sanitation ecosystem. Additionally, the adoption of pit latrines, where human waste is collected in pits beneath toilets and left to decompose, along with the utilization of bio-toilets or waterless toilets, offers sustainable solutions that conserve water resources while advancing sanitation objectives.

Moreover, the provision of strategically placed dustbins in various towns and beaches, such as Eyipey, Sekegyano, Akosua Village, Sankor, Sir Charles Beach, Royal Beach, and Warabeba Beach, is crucial for effective waste management.

In conclusion, the promotion of sound sanitation behavior is paramount to ensuring the well-being of Winneba’s residents. Nevertheless, it is essential to emphasize the importance of consistently practicing good sanitation principles and policies to effect lasting change and safeguard public health.

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