4 Rights You Have As A Tenant In Nigeria

February 2, 2021

For many Nigerians, the next best thing to owning a home is renting a good one. One where the landowner preferably doesn’t live in the same property, with neighbors who won’t steal your clothes when you hang them outside and will be willing to share their Christmas rice with you. A place, no matter how big or small, where basic house amenities have been provided and most importantly, where your rights as a tenant are sufficiently acknowledged and protected.

But how much of these rights do we ourselves even know we have? Well, we took the liberty to share four tenancy laws you should be aware of before getting a place and that you can begin to exercise if you already live in a rented space.

  1. You Have The Right To A Peaceful Enjoyment Of and Exclusive Access To The Property You Have Rented.

Yes, you read that correctly. So long as you have completed your legal obligations in securing your place, the law now sees it as completely yours for the duration of your tenancy. This means that you can in fact invite your friends over whenever you want and most importantly, nobody, not even your landowner has the right to enter your apartment without your express permission. You alone can authorize entry into your space and the law sees it as trespassing if anyone does so without your authorization.

  1. You Have The Right To A Habitable Premises.
It all makes sense now

If for example, you live in areas – *coughs* Lekki – where rainy seasons are known to be unkind, you have the right to ask your landowner to restore the place to its originally habitable condition if it becomes unconducive for living. You can do this long as the damage made is no fault of yours. And if the landowner refuses, you also have the right to end the tenancy and request a refund. And we are sure you can figure out what happens next if they still refuse to return your money.

  1. Right To Receipt Of Payment.

Shey you see that landowner that tells you not to worry about a receipt after you’ve paid rent? Tell them they did not write mumu across your face and please demand for one. Your receipt must include the amount paid, the location of the property, as well as the duration of the tenancy. And in cases where they refuse to provide it? Feel free to report them to the authorities. Different states have different prescriptions for landowners who flout this law. In Lagos for example, the Lagos Tenancy Law prescribes a penalty of ₦100,000 to any landowner who tries to bobo you in this way.

  1. Your Landowner Has No Right To Increase Your Rent Unreasonably.

First of all, no landowner has the right to wake up on a bad day and decide to increase your rent because you just bought a new car or got new furniture or for any insubstantial reason. If the landowner insists on doing this, then be sure that the increased rent price is the same or close to those obtainable in similar rented spaces around the locale. And if there is any other reason they have, there must be evidence showing the peculiar situation that led to the increase in rent, and it gats make sense. Make God no shame us.

You Should Also Read This: 4 Laws Binding Nigerian Female Police Officers

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

October 20, 2020

Earlier today, the Lagos government declared a 24-hour-curfew starting 4pm. However protesters and people who couldn’t go home on such short notice remained at the Lekki toll-gate. News have however reached us that peaceful protesters and people at the toll-gate are being shot at. Here’s what’s happening: To watch it live, click here. For more […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

November 14, 2019

The fourth season of Big Brother Naija came to an end over a month ago, but the conversation surrounding the housemates is far from over. So, in a bid to keep the fire burning, we decided to create a quiz that tells you which famous member of the ‘Pepper Dem’ gang is your soulmate. Take […]

November 12, 2019

Are you a single pringle, stuck in a complicated situationship or happily married to the love of your life? This quiz is here to guess your current relationship status, and as you know, Zikoko quizzes are incredibly accurate (don’t quote us). So, give a shot:

November 15, 2019

There are two types of people in Nigeria right now: those who are proud Marlians, and those who are still in denial about stanning the divisive star. So, for those who proudly wear the Marlian tag, we made a quiz to test how well you really know Naira Marley. If you get more than 6 […]

More from Citizen

December 24, 2021

Abroad Life tells the stories of Nigerians who japa’d, but many times, the stories have a shocking twist.

From jaw-dropping stories of grand-scale internet fraud to heartbreaking stories of family betrayal, these are the top 10 most-read Abroad Life stories of 2021.

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X