Senegal approves rent reduction bill

Rents up by 250 percent in the capital, putting Dakar's housing prices on par with the French Riviera.

    Senegal's parliament has passed a bill that forces landlords to reduce the amount of rent they collect from tenants.

    Depending on the type of property, rent will be reduced by 20 percent and those who fail to comply will face three months in jail and a $4,000 fine.

    Over the past 20 years, rents have increased by 250 percent in Dakar, making it the most expensive city in Africa with housing prices comparable to those in the French Riviera.

    The new legislation is the first property bill to regulate rent in an African country.

    Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports from Dakar.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.