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Did You Know That as a Tenant, You Have Specific Rights That Protect You from Unfair Treatment by Your Landlord?


Renting a property in Nigeria comes with specific legal protections designed to ensure fair treatment and safeguard your living conditions. As a tenant, it's essential to understand these rights so you can confidently navigate any issues that arise with your landlord. Nigerian tenancy laws offer several important protections to tenants. Let's explore these rights and how they help you maintain a fair and secure rental experience.


Right to a Written Agreement

According to the law, tenants have the right to a written tenancy agreement. This document should outline the terms and conditions of the tenancy, including the duration, rent amount, and obligations of both parties. A written agreement provides clarity and helps prevent misunderstandings and disputes.


Right to a Habitable Living Environment

Tenants are entitled to a habitable living environment. This means landlords must ensure the property is safe, sanitary, and in good repair. Essential amenities like water, electricity, and plumbing should be maintained. If the property falls into disrepair or poses health hazards, the landlord is responsible for making necessary repairs.


Right to Fair Rent

Nigerian law protects tenants from arbitrary rent increases. Rent reviews and increases should follow the terms outlined in the tenancy agreement or be agreed upon by both parties. Additionally, tenants are entitled to a receipt for any rent payments made, providing proof of payment and protecting against potential disputes.


Right to Privacy

Tenants have a right to privacy in their rented homes. Landlords must provide reasonable notice before entering the property for inspections, repairs, or other reasons. Unauthorized entry by the landlord is a violation of this right and can be legally challenged.


Protection from Unlawful Eviction

Eviction procedures in Nigeria must follow due process. Landlords cannot evict tenants without proper notice and, where applicable, a court order. Any attempt to forcibly remove a tenant or lock them out of the property without following legal procedures is considered an unlawful eviction.


Right to Legal Redress

If tenants experience unfair treatment or their rights are violated, they have the right to seek legal redress. Nigerian law provides avenues for tenants to file complaints and seek justice through the appropriate legal channels. This can include disputes over rent, repairs, and unlawful eviction.


How Principle Legal Consult Can Help

At Principle Legal Consult, we understand the complexities of landlord-tenant relationships and are dedicated to protecting your rights. Our experienced legal team can help you:

Review and Draft Tenancy Agreements: Ensure your tenancy agreement is fair and legally sound.

Resolve Disputes: Mediate and resolve disputes with your landlord, protecting your rights and interests.

Seek Legal Redress: Represent you in court if your rights have been violated.

If you believe your rights as a tenant are being violated, it’s important to seek legal advice promptly. At Principle Legal Consult, our experienced team is dedicated to protecting your rights and ensuring fair treatment in your rental relationship. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you in navigating landlord-tenant disputes. Your peace of mind and fair treatment are our top priorities.


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