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Reviewing Lagos Existing Laws to House New Monthly Tenancy Scheme

Time is ripe for the review of the existing Tenancy Laws in Lagos State following the enforcement of a new Monthly Tenancy Scheme.

Recall that the Lagos State Government had in December 2021 said it will be implementing a monthly rent scheme in the state beginning from January 2022. One of the provisions of the new Tenancy Laws is that tenants in the state will no longer be required by their landlords to pay their rents yearly or two, three years in advance.

“Situations that threaten not only the safety of premises and occupiers but render quiet occupation impossible, the notice of intention to recover possession could be served on the tenant followed by notice to quit to be decided by the court. Similarly, when the premises is required for overriding convenience of the family, notice of intention to recover is sufficient to lead to recovery of the premises. All these remedies could be invoked individually or cumulatively if they do exist. (P. 264, paras. G-H).

African Petroleum Ltd. v. Owodunni(1991) 8 NWLR (Pt. 210) 391 and Muonanu v.

Nwaemelu (2021) 3 NWLR (Pt. 1763) 216 said It should be noted that Landlords cannot recover premises without serving appropriate notices in accordance with the prescribed laws and rules.

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