10 Steps on How to evict a Tenant Legally

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Are you a Landlord whos Tenants causes nuisance or use your premises for an unlawful purposes? Are you a Landlord who no longer want to rent out their apartment to a Tenants? Then this is the best tip on how a Landlord can evict a Tenant.

The entire duration of the action could take up to three (3) months or earlier. So we urge to not to hesitate if needs be. Many consultants faces queries on what a landlord may do when his tenant refuses or fails to pay rent or cause nuisance.

In this article you will learn how to evict a tenant who is refusing to pay rent, causing a nuisance and using the premises for an illegal purpose in ten (10) steps.

Follow the Step by Step Guide below;

  1. Pick up a Complaint form (Form 7) from the general office of the Rent Control Department and fill the form with the facts that you believe would warrant an eviction of the tenant;
  2. Submit the form to the Rent Office and pay fifty Ghana cedis (GHs50);
  3. A summons will be issued inviting the respondent or tenant to appear before the Rent Officer at a specified date and time. This summons is to be served on the tenant. If the tenant does not appear after the summons is served on him, a new summons will be issued and sent to the police station closest to where the tenant resides and the police will be instructed to serve the new summons on the tenant to appear at the adjourned date until the matter is disposed of;
  4. The summons does not usually contain information on where the case will be heard at the Rent Control Department, thus the Complainant can get that information from the general office of the Rent Control Department on the day of the hearing;
  5. On the day of the hearing, the Complainant is required to drop the summons in a complaint box at the room where the case is to be heard;
  6. The parties will be called into the Rent Officer’s office after the Rent Officer has picked up the forms;
  7. The Rent Officer will listen to both sides and review their evidence before making a determination in a party’s favour;
  8. If the determination is in favour of the landlord, then the landlord must pick up a reference form and send it to the District Court for the Magistrate to enforce the Rent Officer’s decision;
  9. The District Court upon receiving the Rent Officer’s reference will issue hearing notices to the tenant to appear in court on a set date for the Magistrate to either adopt the Rent Officer’s decision or ask for the tenant’s side of the story before making a determination;
  10. If the Magistrate makes a determination in favour of the landlord, then the landlord must apply for a formal decree from the District Court which may state the amount of rent to be recovered and if it is an eviction, it will state when the keys to the premises should be handed over to the landlord.

These are the detailed process you have to go through in order to evict a bad tenant.

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  • It has been genera announced that one can not rent out his apartment for more than six months. Therefore if you have already collected a two year advance from a tenant, how do you draft it so as not to breach the law ?

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