By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna
The Federal Government and agencies in charge of housing in the country have been called upon to put into law conditions for which landlords and property owners should and can charge rents paid by tenants.
This advise was given in Kaduna in an interview by the Managing Director/CEO of Sure Properties Limited, Mr. Peter Oshomah.
The Kaduna based registered Estate Surveyor and Valuer said this has become necessary because most tenants are of the view that the agents are the ones encouraging landlords to increase rents because of their commission.
“It is true that some agents engage in this act, but, as a qualified agent, your job/duty is to advise your clients, that there should be notices before increase and also the repairs carried out by tenants, should be either deducted from the rents or totally the responsibility of the landlord.”
He explained that it is not all true to blame agents, because some are just road side agents who are the ones bringing disrespect to the noble profession.
Mr. Oshomah enjoined government to put enabling laws in place that will punish or prosecute offenders, that is; landlords and agents increasing rents unnecessarily.
In his contribution, Mr. David Victory an accountant resident in Kaduna, said agents should be held accountable for the arbitrary increase in rents and sales of landed properties because of their greed for fat commissions.
“No agent can tell Nigerians they are clean. They are on the same page with the land owners,” he emphasized.
It would be recalled that in Lagos some tenants protested sudden increase in rents leading to the state government putting into law that no landlord or agent should collect more than 6 months rents from prospective tenants in their first tenancy agreement and subsequently monthly rents.