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“Landlords have no right to increase house rent without consulting tenants” – Nigerian lawyer says, netizens disagree massively

A famous Nigerian lawyer has shared his two cents on how landlord-tenants relationship should be when it comes to the increment of house rent. 

Sharing his opinions on the bird app, the lawyer identified as @Egi_nupe_ stated that a landlord can not increase house without the tenants’ consent.

He advised that if any landlord increases rent without consulting his tenants, only the court have the right to evict such renter away from the house.

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The activist revealed that the court order can come in after the expiration of quit notice requested by the tenants.

He wrote, “Your landlord cannot unilaterally increase rent, both of you must agree. If he insists, tell him to serve quit notice. After the expiration, only a court order can eject you from the property”.

His post triggered massive reactions from Nigerians as they revealed that it may be hard to handle landlords in Nigeria. See his post below:


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Reacting to the post, netizens shared their experiences as well as opinions. Some reactions are shown below:

@Efemena_IK said, “If you own a property would you want someone to hold you to ransom on your hardwork? You don’t own the property why will you choose to claim dominance? Hustle build your own house rather can use problem to leave rent free. This mentality is sooo wrong!!”

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@mhiz_Lb  said, “My Landlady increased my rent by over 100% and also threaten me with quit notice if I can’t afford to pay. This is 6 months after she increased it with over 50%, when I complained that ma, but you just increase my payments few months ago, her response was “Sebi ile mi ni”. 🥺”.

@CeleAvelli_ said, “Dem never call boys beat you before. Continue”.

@mhizworld19951 said, “I’m having issues with my landlord right now. We moved into this apartment February 2022, paid rent in full and started renovation yesterday caretaker told us that landlord have sold the house. They’re asking us to move in three months time. What do we do?”.

@ezefreddie said, “Lmao this is why it’s always better to serve quit notice and renegotiate terms. Leave the talk on increase of rent till expiration of agreement and don’t take a dime from the tenant till conclusion of new terms or better still, get new tenants at the new rate”.

@phemoragh said, “You need to clarify individual circumstances counsel. A landlord has unilateral right to increase the rent of his or property. It is only when the increase is above prevalent rate that you can reference d issue to Court. Be it under the new Tenancy law of Lagos or the old laws”.



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