November 26, 2020

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IMO RENT CONTROL AND PREMISES EDICT BILL INITIATED BY HON. FRANK UGBOMA

IMO RENT CONTROL AND PREMISES EDICT BILL INITIATED BY HON. FRANK UGBOMA

Recall that the Imo State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2020 recently signed into law by the Executive Governor of Imo State,  Senator Hope Uzodinma was a brainchild and legislative sagacity of the member representing Oguta State Constituency, Hon (Barr) Ugboma.

Today 17/03/2020, Same Hon. (Barr) Frank Ugboma, member Representing Oguta State Constituency in Imo State House of Assembly, initiated a Bill for a Law to Repeal the Rent Control and Premises Edict of 1985 as applicable in IMO State.

The Bill which is aimed at strengthening the tenancy relationship between Landlords and Tenants in the State, protecting and safeguarding the rights of both Landlords and Tenants in the transaction offers a holistic departure from the Rent Control Edict of 1985 and makes adequate provisions to curtail the excesses of Tenants and Landlords.

The Bill which has scaled first reading, when finally passed into law, will put an end to the 2 years’ rent currently being demanded and paid by tenants in the State. It will also ensure that Landlords maintain updated records of tenants in their properties and make the same available on-demand to security agents in the State. This aspect of the Bill attempts to check security breaches by tenants as tenants would be made to provide traceable and verifiable home and next-of-kin addresses before being led into possession by the Landlord.

The Bill also criminalizes non-issuance of tenancy agreements by Landlords and non-refund of caution deposit. And makes provision for the party who engages Agents or other professionals to be responsible for payments to such person.

The Bill as presented by Hon. Frank Ugboma, member representing Oguta State Constituency, amongst other provisions, provides for services of statutory notice by registered post and service on an adult person in the property sought to be recovered as proper service. The Bill, when passed into law, will no doubt go along way in correcting noticeable defects and challenges in the Rent Control Edict of 1985. The Rent Edict has remained a barrage of criticism by Landlords, co-sponsors Legal Practitioners in the State as human nature has since evolved. And this accounts for the efforts and innovative approaches put in the proposed Bill by Hon Frank Ugboma.

The Bill has Hon (Barr) Frank Ugboma as it’s Chief Sponsor and Six other Honourable Members of the House as co-sponsors.

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