The respondents made their feelings known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Awka. They complained that rents for residential houses, offices and shops were becoming so high that they now adversely affect the living standards of residents.
Miss Uchenna Okafor, a computer operator in the Aroma area of Awka, said she was initially paying N80,000 for a single room self-contained, but lamented that her landlord later raised the rent to N120,000 per annum.
Another resident, Titus Maduako, said he used to pay N300,000 yearly for a three-bedroom apartment he lived, but said that his landlord recently served the occupants a notice increasing the rent to N400,000.
Another resident, Titus Maduako, stated he used to pay N300,000 every year for a 3-bedroom condominium he lived, but stated that his landlord lately served the occupants a notice growing the hire to N400,000.
Mr Alloy Attah, who resides in Onitsha, also said that rents for stores and offices within the business metropolis had long gone out of the attain of the low and middle classes.
“About two years ago, you could hire a shop for among N5,000 and N10,000, however now the rent has doubled, the equal applies to workplaces and home flats”, he stated.
He cited that the situation became adversely affecting the citizens who had other family wishes to cater for.
Mr Ignatius Nwanando, an property agent in Awka, blamed a few landlords for the hire hike.
`Some landlords will inform you to growth the lease to the equal degree with currently built homes no matter the reality that the new ones have cutting-edge facilities in comparison to the antique homes.
“They will equally say which you should add warning price, settlement fee and the primary hire and we too ought to get our percent as sellers too”, he stated.
Nwanando stated that it become up to the state governments to legislate on real estate topics that allows you to reducing the demanding situations confronted by using city dwellers.
Mr Paulinus Uche, a landlord in Awka, said the hike on lease became because of arbitrary boom inside the costs of constructing substances and the immoderate expenses via government regulatory groups.
“Those blaming landlords for rent growth need to visit the marketplace and price building materials.
“Apart from that, enquire on what it takes to shop for a plot of land in any state capital within the South-East, start excavation and see the military of government and network agents that could be travelling your site”, he said.
Uche stated that government ought to be honest in handling the elements that resulted brought about the hike in rents.
“For instance, we heard that a bag of cement produced in every other African united states of america sells decrease than the price we currently pay in Nigeria, even if it's miles our son that owned each factories.
“Our leaders should look at such matters to make live higher for the human beings”, he said.[NewsNaira]