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“Landlords Cannot Unilaterally Increase Rent, Both Of You Must Agree” – Nigerian Lawyer


A Nigerian lawyer has sparked controversy on social media after saying that landlords cannot unilaterally increase the rent of their tenants.

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According to @Egi_Nupe_, both the landlord and tenant must agree for the rent to be increased but if the landlord insists on increasing the rent, the tenant should demand for a quit notice.

He further stated that when the duration of the quit notice expires, only a court order can eject the tenant from the property.

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“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,” he tweeted.

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However, the tweet sparked mixed .s online as people opine that he’s wrong and landlords can choose to increase rent without consulting the tenant.

Reacting to the controversy, the lawyer wrote,

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“It’s the lawyers capping in the comments section for me. Apparently, most of them are those advising their clients-landlords to disregard tenants’ rights. They issue irregular quit notices, advise landlords to resort to self-help and frustrate tenants.

If not, why is it hard to have an understanding with a tenant before increasing the rent? Why do you want to eject a tenant without quit notice or court order? What does it profit you to lord over tenants and abuse their rights cos you own the house? Terrible much!!!!

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The message was clear: agree with your landlord on rent increment. If you don’t agree, then do the proper thing. But you are all in the comment section capping and expecting a detailed syllabus on tenancy law.”

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