‘Advance on house rent illegal’

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By Aji Fatou Faal

Hon. Madi M.K Ceesay, the National Assembly member for Serekunda West has said that the relevant authorities should look into the behavior of landlords and compound owners who are in the habit of treating tenants unfairly.

“The rents are skyrocketing while some landlords unlawfully place unreasonable demands on their tenants such as asking for six or twelve months payment in advance,” Hon. Ceesay said.
According to Hon Ceesay, the act of asking months of advance payment contradicts Section 18 (1&2) of the 2014 Rent Act and it is high time relevant ministries and departments addressed it to alleviate unnecessary suffering of the people.

Mr Ceesay was speaking during the adjournment debate at the National Assembly after intensive debate on national matters during the just ended third ordinary session.

Also speaking at the same debate Hon. Baba Galleh Jallow, member for Sanementereng Constituency raised the issue of the Tanka Tanka Psychiatric hospital, saying that the place has been neglected by government which he said must change since the majority of patients at this hospital are mainly youth who have the right to be looked after and supported for them to regain their normal lives.

”The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare rarely visits them and issues like inadequate food and electricity supply are making life hard for the patients and undermine safety of both patients and the staff,” he said.
Hon. Lamin J. Sanneh said the drainage system of Brikama needs to be fixed as well as the health center which he said needs urgent attention.

Hon. Sulayman Saho, NAM for Central Baddibu, said there is a great need to support the fisheries sub sector because the quantity of fish caught in the country is very low. He also cited the need for river transportation that will link Banjul to Basse, Kiang and Baddibu too.
The NAM of Lower Nuimi, Hon. Mahtarr M. Jeng said the Kunta Kinteh Island is neglected by government and urged for it to be properly attended to.