Gov't to Introduce Landlord-Tenants Law

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Chris Byaromunsi, the State Minister for Lands, says although tenants and their land lords have equal rights; in most cases landlords treat tenants unjustly.

The Lands, Housing and Urban Development Ministry is considering introducing a bill that will guide the relationship between tenants and their landlords.  
 

Chris Byaromunsi, the State Minister for Lands, says although tenants and their land lords have equal rights; in most cases landlords treat tenants unjustly, which calls for enactment of some laws.


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He says once the landlord-tenant law is introduced, it will help promote mutual respect among the two parties. David Baku, a tenant in Kampala says law should also look at a time frame in, which a land lord can increase rent. He says many landlords increase rent without considering the tenants.

 
Meanwhile, the Ministry has also announced plans to issue guidelines on constructing houses in disaster prune areas. According to Baryomunsi, there is need to set specific guidelines to guide construction in disaster prune areas to protect lives.

 
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Baryomusi says Government is working with Makerere University and other consultants to come up with guidelines on putting up structures. 


He says there are three major fault lines where the communities are at a risk of earthquakes. They include Western Uganda rift valley axis, Katonga River in Southern Uganda and areas around Aswa River.  

 

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