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Hello

Am a tenant here in Lagos state I just received a six months eviction notice from my landlord this morning without any explanations as to what my offense is

I moved into the house last year may ,paid More than 500,000 thousand naira both agreement and agent fee ; spent a lot of money to put the house in place because almost all the furnitures( doors,kitchen cabinet, water pi

les ,toilet seat, wardrops  etc)in the house are bad ,with a lot of electricity problems which I paid close to 100,000 to solve with the landlord assuring me of a refund when he returns from London ( he denied me saying he never said so) one of the rooms is still the way I meant it because when he came back and denied never assuring me of refund of the NEPA money and refusing to put the room in other saying I should do it if I want ;

Please I want to know what right I have on this because I don’t have that kind of money to look for another place

Thanks.

 

 

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Hello

Thank you for contacting us. On the issue of the eviction, please note that your landlord has the legal right to begin the eviction process legally whenever he wants, so long as your Tenancy agreement does not give you an automatic right to rent renewal, there is not much you can do to prevent the eviction, all you can do is ensure that he does it following the legal and proper eviction process.

Regarding the money you spent in improving the apartment, this will be dependent on what was contained in your tenancy agreement, if there was no agreement or the agreement was silent as to who would pay for the improvements on the property, then unless the landlord specifically promised to reimburse you for the money spent on the property, you it is likely that you will not be entitled to the refunds. Regarding the electricity bill you are in a stronger position in that the landlord initially promised to refund you and you are not the person who incurred the electricity bill – you should therefore speak to a lawyer who will advise you on how best to get your refund and how to ensure you are not evicted prematurely in the property.

We hope you have found this information helpful. Please note that this information is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. No lawyer-client relationship is formed nor should any such relationship be implied. It is not intended to substitute for the advice of a qualified lawyer.

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