Kaduna to review rent control laws

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KADUNA – The Kaduna State Government on Thursday said it would soon review the state’s rent control laws in conformity with present-day realities.
Mr Edward Andow, the Deputy Director of Legal Grafting in the State Ministry of Justice, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that the existing laws were obsolete.
He said the current law was insufficient to address rent tribunal cases.
Andow said Kaduna state presently has three types of laws, bordering on rent restriction, recovery of premises and rent control, and they had been in operation since 1946.
“A review of the laws will enable the tribunals to be vibrant and operate objectively,’’ the deputy director said.
He, however, observed that landlords and tenants needed to be educated on the tribunal laws, adding that most of them did not know their rights.
“Most landlords are doing things without considering the legal implications because the tenants do not know their rights.
“Sometimes, tenants stop paying their rents from the period they were served quit notice, which is very unlawful.
“Quit notice has to be served six months before the expiry of rent. A tenant who settles rent annually is expected to pay rents from the period of quit notice,’’ Andow said.(NAN)