''Have mercy on low income earners and collect rent in arrears'' Fashola tells Landlords

Minister of Power, Works and Housing,
Babatunde Fashola, has appealed to landlords
in the country to consider the plight of low
income earners and start collecting their
rents in arrears beginning from today , July 6 ,
2018. He argued that salary earners who could
afford to pay rents, were not receiving their
salaries in advance but in arrears.
Fashola made the appeal when he spoke at an
event organized by the Real Estate Developers
Association of Nigeria REDAN in Abuja
yesterday July 5th.

According to Fashola, most workers, who
earned salary regularly and could even afford
to pay rent, did not receive their salaries in
advance, but in arrears.

“If you ask me to go and bring in
advance, one year’s rent, to what I am
going to earn monthly in arrears, how
feasible is that?
“Even my salary as a minister is paid
at the end of every month, not even at
the beginning, then why should
landlord be asking for next year’s
salary. And we are complaining that
there is corruption?” he said

Speaking further, Fashola said the Nigerian
masses cannot afford to pay house rent yearly
like the well to do in the society.

“I believe this meeting is about the
critical mass of Nigerians, the taxi
drivers , market men and women who
earn their money daily and are not
even sure of making any revenue for
that day . Meanwhile , landlords
expect advance payments. Those who
get paid weekly pay their rents weekly;
those who get paid monthly pay
monthly rents,”he said

He also recommended that there should be a
Landlord-Tenant-Employer’s relations, whereby
the landlord would reach an agreement with
the tenant’s employer to ensure deduction of
rent on a monthly basis from the tenant’s

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