Frequently Asked Questions On Landlord and Tenant Matters

Frequently asked questions on Landlord and Tenant Issues

Question:

Can a Landlord force a tenant to leave?

Answer:

While some Landlords forcefully evict tenants, it is the wrong way of eviction. A tenant who has been forcefully evicted has the right to seek legal redress

Question:

What does the law say about quit notice?

Answer:

The law says that where  there  is  no  stipulation  as  to  the  notice  to  be  given  by  either  party  to  determine  the  tenancy,  the  following  shall apply-
(1) a  week’s  notice  for  a  tenant at will;
one  (1)  month’s  notice  for  a  monthly  tenant; three  (3)  months  notice  for  a  quarterly  tenant;
three  (3)  months  notice  for  a  half-yearly  tenant; and
six  months  notice  for  a  yearly  tenant

Question:

What is the minimum quit notice time?

Answer:

The length of notice depends on the duration of the tenancy.

(1) a  week’s  notice  for  a  tenant at will;
one  (1)  month’s  notice  for  a  monthly  tenant; three  (3)  months  notice  for  a  quarterly  tenant;
three  (3)  months  notice  for  a  half-yearly  tenant; and
six  months  notice  for  a  yearly  tenant

Question:

How do I evict a stubborn tenant?

Answer:

Serve the appropriate notice
1) a  week’s  notice  for  a  tenant at will;
one  (1)  month’s  notice  for  a  monthly  tenant; three  (3)  months  notice  for  a  quarterly  tenant;
three  (3)  months  notice  for  a  half-yearly  tenant; and
six  months  notice  for  a  yearly  tenant

At the expiration of the notice, if the tenant refuses to move out, Serve him a 7 days notice of Owners intention to recover possession.

If he fails to vacate the premises at the expiration of the 7 days then proceed to file a claim in court.

Question:

Can a tenant sue a Landlord in Nigeria?

Answer:

Yes a tenant can sue a Landlord if the landlord has infringed on the right of the tenant.

Question:

How do I evict a tenant in Nigeria?

Answer:

To evict a tenant, the law requires that you serve the appropraite notices and file a claim in court if the tenant refuses to vacate, then obtain judgement  to evict the tenant

Question:

What a Landlord cannot do?

Answer:

This depends on your tenancy agreement but there are basic things a Landlord should not do such as
Enter without proper notice.

Unlawfully evict tenants.

Unjustifiably raise the rent.

 

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