One-year rent bill passes second reading in Senate

The Senate has passed a bill seeking to stop landlords in the Federal Capital Territory from demanding advance payment of one-year rent from their tenants for second reading.

The legislation titled, ‘A bill for an Act to Regulate the mode of Payment of Rent on Residential Apartments, Office Spaces, etc, in the FCT and for Other Matters Connected Therewith’ was sponsored by Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC/Kogi-West).

The bill aims at ending the practice whereby landlords demand a yearly advance payment of rents from their tenants.

According to Adeyemi, the bill seeks to replace the current annual advance rent payment with monthly payments in arrears.

This will make life meaningful for workers who are finding it difficult to pay their house rents.

The Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, who supported the bill, said many residents of Abuja “are groaning in pains to pay house rents in advance.”

He said the Senate would be helping poor Nigerians working and residing in Abuja if the bill was signed into law.

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