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My friend has been looking for an apartment for several weeks and it's becoming a huge headache. He wants something small and simple. A one bedroom apartment in Surulere. He was hoping he would get this for about 300 or 400 thousand naira, but alas it is not to be so! Except he wants to live in a dingy closet in some obscure shithole.

Oh, he did find two decent places he could afford. He was excited but unfortunately they both came with a clause; the landlord doesn't want an igbo person

A third place he could afford and did like, also came with a clause; the landlord is not renting to single people, only family. 

Nigerian landlords are an interesting lot. I've heard all sorts; no single women (I've been told that). Single women but she must have a professional job she is doing (Wait. You're taking the piss, right? What does it matter to you as long as I pay my rent when due?). No Igbos. (Igbos wetin una do people?). No single men. No Muslims. Only yoruba Muslims. Only newly weds. Only families; no singletons. On and on it goes..

Now this landlord insists that the only persons he can lease his one bedroom flat to, is a family. He must be one of all those fetish landlords that people talk about. The ones that they say when you live in their houses things stop working in your life. So it's only a family you're going to rent out your one bedroom flat to? One tiny airless flat with cubicle for a bedroom and it must be a whole family? You must be a wicked pezzon!

Yesterday my friend calls me complaining. Their rent was just increased from 1M Naira to 1.4M Naira. This, for a 3 bedroom flat in Agege. Hmmmm. 

Another friend's parents are moving out of their gbagada home this year because the rent skyrocketed. Like you wake up one day and learn that your rent is twice what it was yesterday, and if you don't like it then it's ok. Just please kindly vacate the premises. 

I know that the land and the property thereon belongs to the landlord, either by inheritance, acquisition, gift or whatever, and as such she/he is entitled to do just what she/he pleases. 
     But I wonder how it works. Landlord's kids' school fees increases? Just increase the rent. Landlord's wife is pregnant? Increase the rent. Landlord's girlfriend needs a summer vacation? Increase the rent. Landlord sees the area is developing eventhough landlord has in no way contributed to this? Increase the rent. The government just fixed the roads and put street lights? Increase the rent. Landlord doesn't like the tenants? Increase the rent.


I'm going to be a landlord so I'd like to know now how these things work. Can I randomly and arbitrarily increase rents whenever I please? Is it well within my rights to refuse to rent my premises to certain tribes, religions or classes of people? If there are laws regulating these things am I subjected to them when the property is legally mine, acquired by my own sweat?

What do you think? Have you had any interesting experience with landlords? And landlords, what informs your decisions? Tell...


  1. Lol Thelma this one no new to me,I remember when I wanted to move to my current apartment, the landlord said he doesn't want single Lady, told sis would be staying with me,the man no.gree ohh,he said unless I bring my fiance and he also said besides I am.Igbo,that Igbo's are stubborn, they can turn a landlord to a tenant in his own home, had to convince him.I wanst like that and I also had to bring the so called fiance before he gave me d house ohgh,I didn't wanna loose the house because finding such a place with d bathroom n toilet nicely tiled in my kind of area for d amount I pay is pretty difficult. Back to your question, I don't think it's right to increase your rent whenever u deem fit,most landlords don't consider if their tenants have issues,once they themselve have issues,the tenants suffer it which isn't meant to be,I know some landlords who don't increase rent until five to six years while.some wicked ones increase yearly. My landlord increases every two years,which he just did to my own rent this month. All I will say is when u get your own apartment, before u do any form of increase, make sure u consider your tenants n also make sure it's necessary. E.g,my uncle only increases his rent if he just gave his houses a new touch, but if that's not it,he could go for years without increasing and I think I will follow his steps when I have my own house. MorMorning house.

  2. I had my own share of landlord wahala when I was single,me and my friends rented this apartment then and the landlord showed us pepper..If we over dress,trouble..if a guy comes with a huge car to see us,wahala..On the issue of landlord and tenants,i would ask my dad how he copes because I never reach that level..TNHW

  3. This shit needs to be regulated. The landlords are over doing it. Why so much discrimination? Looking for house in Lagos is not beans. Thats why you see some people still living in their first small rented apartment, because to change house na war.

    But on the side of the Lagos land lords. They have heard of stories or had bad expereinces from Igbo tenants. Thats probably the reason for their discrimination. Iv heard things like Igbos are bad at maintaining houses, they bring their whole family from the village to live in the house and over use facilities.


  4. My parents only rent out to married people because single people come with too much drama.

  5. N1.4 Million for an Agege 3-bedroom Apartment? Seriously?


  6. I wld always say,its better to pay a mortgage than a rent (no matter how long it takes to pay it off)

  7. I had such a case too when i had to get a place, cos i was going to be staying with my sis i wanted a flat. Thats how this landlord went on and on about why i should be renting a flat instead of getting married, and that infact since i am igbo he is very suspicious of me. it really took a while before i got a place and which was even by recommendation. Landlords in Lagos need to take lots of chill pills.

  8. Lol. You cant understand what anyone chooses to do with their property. Landlords are different. My dad doesnt care about tribe or marital status...15% increment is the most he goes up by annually.

    As for me I dont care about tribe either - i however prefer someone in stable employment as it means I wont get story on my rent when due and the wear and tear on the property is less given the person has to go to work daily.imagine your tenant not paying rent for 2 years- they you understand why many people ask for certain things ot have requirements that seem ridiculous.

    So that person has invested in the property they have a right to determine who lives there and under what circumstances as unfortunate as it may seem.

  9. Lmao! My grandma wont rent her house to Igbos cos she's seen too many things and she wont let her husband rent to Igbos too. The second to the last tenant my grandpa rented to was an Edo man. Grandma didnt like it one bit and his wife showed all her co tenants pepper! She became friends with and fought everyone! Public fights o that everyone in the next compound would hear her screaming even when the person she's fighting with wasnt saying anything to her. That lady was a case!

    But I've never really had to look for an apartment tho so I cant relate to the stories but rent is very very cheap in Ikorodu. 5 of my colleagues live there. A friend of mine rented a brand new 3bedroom apartment in December for 360k and another colleague who rents a whole house pays less than 800k as rent. They all come to work via the ferry so they wake up late, get to work on time, close late and still get home early. Its really cool.

    1. ...until d ferry capsizes

  10. My Dad is a landlord, barely ever increases rent. I'm also almost certain he will never give out his house to an Igbo person. Except based on recommendation from someone he really likes/respects.

    He used to be very unconcerned about all this whole tribe -ish, and went as far as wanting to prove people wrong.

    Boy! was he shocked after 2 sets of Igbo tenants.
    There are some good ones, but unfortunately, the bad experiences of others outshine the good.

  11. When you say Igbo eh believe me you mean Mbaise so our last two Mbaise tenants Kai showed us pepper, mind you am Igbo from Imo state oh but men


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