Gbam! Baba Fashola Bans The Collection Of 2 Years Rent In Lagos

Date: 05-08-2011 2:47 pm (9 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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- at 5-08-2011 02:47 PM (9 years ago)
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This is contained in the new tenancy bill that was passed into law by the State House of Assembly today. The law, which is expected to receive the assent of Governor Babatunde Fashola any moment from now, also stipulates that it is unlawful and criminal for a landlord or his agent to demand or receive from a sitting tenant, rent in excess of six months in respect of any premises without prejudice to the nature of tenancy.

This means that those who are already tenants are not expected to pay more than six months in advance to their landlord. Hitherto, tenants were compelled to pay for even more than two years in some cases.

The bill places a fine of N100,000 or three years imprisonment on any landlord or new tenant who pays in excess of one year and N100,000 or three months imprisonment for any landlord who fails to issue a receipt to a tenant for payment of rent.

Some of the lawmakers who commented on the law this morning explained that the receipt would enable the authorities to monitor compliance with the law by the landlords. They said they were aware of the dubious activities of some landlords, adding that the new law was amended to take care of those areas.

The bill captioned: “A bill for a law to regulate rights and obligations under tenancy agreement and the relationship between landlord and the tenant including the procedure for the recovery of premises and for other connected purposes in Lagos State,” states that “it shall be unlawful for a sitting tenant to offer or pay rent in excess of one year for a yearly tenant in respect of any premises and any person who receives or pays rent in excess of what is prescribed by the law shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to a fine of N100,000.”

The bill consisting of 47 sections takes a critical look at the relationship between the landlord and tenant and allocates rights and privileges to both parties. It also spells out their obligations. Among such rights is tenant’s entitlement to quiet and peaceful enjoyment of the premises, which include privacy, freedom from unreasonable disturbance, noise pollution and nuisance, as well as exclusive possession of the premises, subject to the landlord’s restricted right of inspection.

The law also emphasises that a landlord must send a written letter to a tenant whenever he wants to visit the apartment for inspection. Such letter, the law states, must state the time the inspection is to be conducted in order to give the tenant ample time to prepare for the exercise.

The law also gives a tenant the privilege to furnish or install accessories within a property to fit his/her taste. The bill was earlier passed by the House and forwarded to Governor Fashola for assent, but the Governor returned it to the House last week with a recommendation that some grey areas in the bill be looked into.

The grey areas include a section of the bill to be explicit on who bears the professional fees incurred at the commencement of tenancy and some other sections that cover the internally generated revenue of the state.

These areas were deliberated upon by a six-man committee headed by Hon. Rotimi Olowo, representing Somolu Constituency 1.

Section 7 (subsection Cool now mandates the landlord to be responsible for “professional fees or commission of the landlord’s agent, consultant, solicitor or any other person acting for and on behalf of the landlord, incurred at the commencement of the tenancy.”


Posted: at 5-08-2011 02:47 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
- frayobkk at 5-08-2011 03:09 PM (9 years ago)
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THIS IS REALLY INTRESTING GOOG JOB WELL DONE

Posted: at 5-08-2011 03:09 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Mayorsolar at 5-08-2011 06:56 PM (9 years ago)
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Dat is gud.
Posted: at 5-08-2011 06:56 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- lagbaja2004 at 5-08-2011 06:57 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: frayobkk on  5-08-2011 03:09 PM
THIS IS REALLY INTRESTING GOOG JOB WELL DONE
i love it baba fash
Posted: at 5-08-2011 06:57 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- bafyguy at 5-08-2011 07:19 PM (9 years ago)
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9ice 1.
Posted: at 5-08-2011 07:19 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- interpo77 at 5-08-2011 07:29 PM (9 years ago)
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hmmm, BRAVO SAN FASHOLA,
 i thumb u , and may the God of the poor masses continue to protect and guide u n making good policies
Posted: at 5-08-2011 07:29 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- danpatrick at 5-08-2011 07:59 PM (9 years ago)
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Right move
Posted: at 5-08-2011 07:59 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- reymondokeze at 5-08-2011 08:16 PM (9 years ago)
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Good job my man
Posted: at 5-08-2011 08:16 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Simon-Zeletus at 5-08-2011 08:30 PM (9 years ago)
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My God we continue protecting you, another one is house rent have to cut down by landlords
Posted: at 5-08-2011 08:30 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- toibeli at 5-08-2011 08:42 PM (9 years ago)
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That's very good, I hope other States will adopt the same law.
Posted: at 5-08-2011 08:42 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mudas2 at 5-08-2011 09:01 PM (9 years ago)
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u shall rule our great country,  Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 5-08-2011 09:01 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- donspirado88 at 5-08-2011 09:05 PM (9 years ago)
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Wonderful! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
Posted: at 5-08-2011 09:05 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ashimah at 5-08-2011 09:07 PM (9 years ago)
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ATLEAST POORMAN FIT STILL RENT HOUSE NOW IF DEM NO FIT BUILD THEIR OWN...................................................
Posted: at 5-08-2011 09:07 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- hakeemv12 at 5-08-2011 10:54 PM (9 years ago)
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Don't worry Mr Fashola,you will rule Nigeria soon!
Posted: at 5-08-2011 10:54 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ceejay58 at 6-08-2011 12:03 AM (9 years ago)
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Good for lagosians...  hope other states governments too would take a cue from lag.
Posted: at 6-08-2011 12:03 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- frank4sure at 6-08-2011 12:39 AM (9 years ago)
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Dat is a very GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD 1 4rm our honourable governor.ABEG CARRY GO.
Posted: at 6-08-2011 12:39 AM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- ajanni at 6-08-2011 12:47 AM (9 years ago)
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nonsense, if i so like , o will take advance payment of three years , na him build the house for me?let him provide a free accomodations for them now
Posted: at 6-08-2011 12:47 AM (9 years ago) | Grande Master
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- poly23 at 6-08-2011 01:25 AM (9 years ago)
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My GOD will continue to protecting you, another one is house rent have to cut down by landlords.nice one mr governor
Posted: at 6-08-2011 01:25 AM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- iElde at 6-08-2011 01:43 AM (9 years ago)
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This is the least of what Lagosian are asking for. Some few weeks back, A day's long rain almost submerge the whole of Lagos state. (But that is not a priority to them). A visit to different local-govt area in Lagos state will tell you how poorly the state is being led. For a state to come up with such bill; I thought it will be appropriate for them to make other provision. The Govt should build affordable Houses/Estate, All the Jakande estate in Lagos are all in a sorry state. The other day we heard the federal govt asking Dangote to cut the price of cement but till date the price of cement are constantly on the rise. If anyone built a house recently; however how small you did realise how much you have invested. According to d bill, Tennant should fix whatever they want to fix in the house for their comfort yeah..Good. So when the tennant want to leave they pull everything off the wall/ cealing so who will incur the cost of the damage. Bollocks!!!
Posted: at 6-08-2011 01:43 AM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- okwas at 6-08-2011 02:38 AM (9 years ago)
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GOOD JOB
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