Lagos Govt unveils plan for monthly tenancy scheme

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Chief Operating Officer, Gracias Global Properties Limited, Wale Ponnle; Chairman, Committee on Housing, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rasheed Makinde; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Special Adviser on Housing, Toke Benson-Awoyinka, during the opening of the second Lagos Real Estate market place conference and exhibitions in Lagos.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said by next year, a new policy for monthly tenancy on property occupancy would commence in the state. The governor disclosed this at the Lagos Real Estate Market Place Conference and Exhibitions organised by the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA).

According to a statement signed by the governor’s spokesperson, Gboyega Akosile, the governor explained that the concept is not to punish the landlord or reduce the expected revenue of the property owner. “By next year, Sanwo-Olu said a new policy of monthly tenancy on property occupancy would kick off in Lagos. The concept, he said, is not to punish the landlord or reduce the expected revenue of the property owner.

“He said monthly tenancy would ease off the pressure of yearly rent on tenants, as the new policy is designed to make people pay their rents according to their monthly earnings. The policy, Sanwo-Olu said, emanated from an agreement reached by the association of tenants, a consortium of financiers, and the Government,” the statement read in part.

Addressing the cause of the high affordability of property in Lagos, the Governor said the State’s partnership with the private sector had raised the housing stock but added that the non-availability of long-tenure mortgage bonds made it impossible for low-income earners to benefit.

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