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Should People Be Allowed To Do This?






So I just got message which read something like:

 Vacancy; 3 bedroom flat, No.X Shaki crescent, Surulere, Lagos. Rent #500,000. Yoruba Muslim only. 


It reminded me of the salon owner in England who was arrested for putting out a notice that her beauty salon would no longer cater to people of the Islam faith. Please bear in mind that this post is not about religion or Islam but discrimination based on tribe and faith. 

In the middle of throwing a rant I stopped for a while to think; should a land owner be entitled to decide whom he wants to lease out his property to, or should there be a law against this as it is discriminatory?

In Lagos it's not at all unusual to see landlords refuse to rent out to Igbos. I shared months ago about my friend who just moved back from England and began to house-hunt. He soon found one he fell in love with and even though it was pricey he was willing to pay immediately. Unfortunately the agent soon informed him that the landlord said he wasn't renting out to Igbos. For my friend who's biracial and has lived most of his life in Europe, it sounded outlandish to him and he insisted on a meeting with the landlord. He thought he could convince the man that he's a responsible individual who could be trusted, and if his tribe was the problem; he's only half igbo! (LOL). On meeting the lad, the landlord took in his fair skin and grey eyes and empathetically said "You resemble oyibo but your last name is igbo, your father is an igbo man". He refused to rent to my friend and that was that. 


It wasn't the first I'd heard of it but this text I just received has got me thinking that these landlords be taking the piss! 
      But what do you think about it; Is it a person's prerogative to decide not to rent out to persons of certain tribes and religions; is it well within their rights and entitlement being the owner of the property, or should such discrimination be enshrined in our (tenancy) statutes as sanctionable offenses? 

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  1. Love what you doing with your blog. Keep up the Good Job. Am a huge fan

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  2. Say no to Racism and Xenophobia.

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  3. To be honest, people have been discriminating (marriage, employment, accommodation, etc) albeit secretly on different fronts (tribe, and religion) but it's rather sad and unfortunate if they put the discrimination in our faces. It's not everything that shld be voiced out, no matter ur honesty...

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  4. hmmn. while i am totally against any kind of xenophobia, at the end of the day, it is his house, so why shoulldnt he pick whom he wants to live there? if he feels he'd get along better with someone fitting that specification, i don't see what the problem is. he's not harming anyone.

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  5. It is their house. The country does nit make it easy to own a home or even process landlord-tenant cases fast enough so the landlord has to cteate her laws so she can sleep well at night.As for our lawmakets,there are more important laws fir them to work on that they have not even got off their money loaded xxx to push. One landlord told me he won't rent to a single girl,worse off a single girl with a car plus being cathllic join.We have a long way to go in Naija.

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