DEALING WITH DIFFICULT LANDLORDS IN LAGOS, NIGERIA AND AFRICA

Landlords often understand the needs of tenants and respect their privacy, as long as the tenant abides by the rules stated in the contract. However, a few landlords are a bit more of stickler than others you’ve had, who are just difficult, no matter how much you have adhered to the lease you signed.  Don’t panic. Dealing with a difficult or overbearing landlord is a pain, but it’s manageable.

Here’s how to handle it:

Communicate Your Needs Clearly

Remember that you probably aren’t their only tenant, hence Landlords get all kinds of requests from tenants and they might view some as trivial when it’s important. A difficult landlord is probably going to view most of your requests as trivial.

 So, when you need something, state what you need and include the reasons why it matters. If it’s a minor issue like a leaky tap, a dripping faucet. Tell them what’s going on, and when it’s a good time to come by to fix the problem but give them a couple of days to deal with it. If it’s a serious issue that’s affecting your life in the property, be clear about it. Tell them how it’s making things hard and that if possible, it needs fixing as soon as possible.

Generally speaking, the clearer you are in your requests, the nicer and more patient you are, the more likely the “difficult landlord”, will respond to you with speed.

However, if they won’t help you, then you may have to look closely into your tenancy agreement to know if it is the landlord’s responsibility and they’re simply ignoring it. Then you can take the issue further by Filing a complaint against him using the state law. Just make sure to use that as a last resort. Trying to avoid the trauma that comes with a court case, there are many works and repairs the tenant should be responsible for.

Be a Good Tenant

If you’re at the start of your lease, it’s a good idea to go over any questions you might have with your landlord that includes even minor stuff like asking about what type of nails you can use to hang pictures and what modifications you can make to the apartment. Landlord’s all have a particular thing they care about more than others, so it’s always a good idea to clear everything up from the start if you want to enjoy a good relationship with your landlord and stay in your new apartment in peace. But if you have a landlord who has obnoxious requests, the first rule of thumb is to be a good tenant. This means paying rent on time, following the rules set out in your contract, keeping the property clean, keep any outside lawn area tidy, follow rules about guests, be quiet, and pay your utility bills on time.

If you’re consistently breaking rules and not paying on time from the minute you move in expect to have a difficult time with your landlord

 Record Keeping

From the moment you move into your apartment until you finally move vacate the property, document everything you can.

Here are a few things worth keeping track of:

  • Take photos of the empty apartment when you move in. Make sure to take pictures of anything that’s broken, sketchy, or already a bit old
  • Make any repair requests or other agreements in writing and keep the emails around until your lease is up
  • Write down any time and dates for phone or in person conversations that deal with specific issues
  • Keep track of any maintenance that’s done in the apartment throughout your lease
  • Essentially, any time you communicate with your landlord, it’s worth documenting.

Hold onto those documents until your lease is up and you have your security deposit back.

Communicate with Other Tenants

If you live in an apartment complex, it’s a good idea to talk with other people in the building to see if they’re experiencing similar issues. If after talking with people you realize it’s a building-wide problem, you can band together to talk to the landlord as a group. Or, even better, other tenants might have solutions to your specific problems that they can offer you.

At Adeniji Adele & Associates, we can help resolve landlord & tenant issues as quickly as possible by just a simple click http://www.aaa-surveyorsandvaluers.com/home/contact-us/

 

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