“RIGHTS OF LANDLORDS AND TENANTS IN NIGERIA”

By 

ONYEKACHI UMAH, ESQ., LL.M, ACIArb(UK)

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DELIVERED ON SUNDAY, 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2018 (3:00PM)

AT THE AUDITORIUM OF LIVING FAITH CHUCH, BYZIAN, ABUJA.

16th SABI LAW LECTURE SERIES. 

 

LECTURE CONTENTS:

           

      0. Profile of Onyekachi Umah

1.Who is a Landlord?
2.Who Cannot be a Landlord in Nigeria
3.Who is a Tenant?
4.Rights of a Landlord
5.SabiLawMaster’s Interlude
6.Rights of a Tenant
7.Contents of a Valid Tenancy Agreements  
8.Courts and Trial of Tenancy Cases in Nigeria
9.Conclusion
 
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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 156)
“Effect Of A Notice To Quit In Nigeria”.

First of all, a “Notice To Quit” (Quit Notice) is an Information from a landlord or his agent to a tenant, informing the tenant that the tenant should leave the landlord’s property once the present rent(tenancy period) expires. It may be a week, month, quarter or half a year depending on the tenancy agreement between a landlord and his tenant or by their type of tenancy. “Notice to Quit” should be given during the existence of a tenancy period and should expire ealier or on the same day that the tenancy period will expire. Hence, it is not suppose to be an extra period (not even a day extra) after the expiration of rent(tenancy period) for a tenant to stay, search for another house and pack out.

My authorities are sections 7, 8 and 9 of the Recovery of Premises Act (LFN,ABUJA) and other similar laws in the other 36 States in Nigeria for recovery of premises, the landlord and tenants matters.

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DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 142)
“After A Property Occupied By Tenants Is Sold, Who Should Such Tenants Hold Responsibile?”

Tenants and landlords are bound by their tenancy agreements, whether written or oral.
During the pendency of a tenancy, the concerned property may be sold but both the old and new landlord MUST honour and respect existing tenants and their tenancy agreements. The old landlord is still bound to such tenants and their tenancy agreements. The new landlord cannot interfere with tenancy agreements between the tenants and the former landlord. A tenant can even challenge the title of a new landlord that became a landlord during the pendency of the tenant’s tenancy.

My authority is the case of ADEMOLA A. ODUNSI & ANOR V. DR. STEPHEN R. ABEKE (2002) LPELR-12167(CA).
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by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 137)
“IT IS AN OFFENCE FOR A NON-LAWYER TO PREPARE A LAND OR TENANCY AGREEMENT IN NIGERIA”.

In Nigeria, only Lawyers are authorised to make, prepare and write land and tenancy agreements of any type for a fee. Hence, no other group, society, business, cyber cafe, person or profession is allowed to prepare land or tenancy agreements in Nigeria. It is an offence punishable with imprisonment and or fine for a non-lawyer to prepare a land agreement for a fee in Nigeria.

My authority; section 22 (1)(d) of Legal Practitioners Act.

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(Tip 132)
“The Condition For A Landlord To Refund His Tenant For Repairs Made On A Rented Apartment In Nigeria”.

It is not in all cases that a landlord is to refund his tenant for repairs made by the tenant on his rented apartment. The condition for refund is existence of a WRITTEN CONSENT. There must be a written consent by a landlord to a tenant, authorising tenant to repair his rented apartment before such tenant can seek a refund/set-off of money spent on such repairs. Courts in Nigeria will not order refund of money spent on repairs by a tenant unless there is a written authority from landlord consenting to such repairs. Oral agreements are not allowed!

My authorities; section 15 of Recovery of Premises Act, Laws of Nigeria(Abuja) and other similar laws across 36 states of Nigeria.

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Firstly, in Nigeria all lands are vested on the thirty-six Governors of the States of the Federation as guaranteed in our conservative and over-due for amendment; Land Use Act of 1978. Consequently, the Governors hold the whole land in trust for the people except those owned by Federal Government and its agencies. Owing to the above fact, a Governor can only grant a Rights of Occupancy for a certain period of time. To quickly understand this subject matter, please read my article; RIGHTS OF A TENANT.

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