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A tenant, Samuel Olojede on Monday, appeared before a Customary Court sitting in Agbeloba, Abeokuta, Ogun State for refusing to vacate his rented apartment after expiration date.
The plaintiff, Festus Adebisi who is the caretaker of a building situated at Quarry road, Abeokuta, told the court that Olojede rented a three-bedroom flat at the rate of N250,000 per annum and the defendant’s rent expired in July, thereby, owing from August 2022 till date.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the defendant has been served both statutory and mandatory quit notices which are filed in court but he has refused to vacate the said apartment.
Speaking in the dock, the defendant admitted that he is owing the plaintiff, saying there are reasons he did not pay.
He said, “I admit that I am owing him but, I have my reasons for that. There are issues that need to be fixed in the house.
“The house is a storey building whereby the WC (Water Closet) disturbs us in our apartment. They fixed it then but the problem still persists.
“Also, there was a time our master room got flooded because the ceiling was leaking, that we had to move out of the room. I showed videos of the room to him then but he didn’t respond to it.
“Until recently when I got a quit notice from him and as a citizen of Ogun State that understands the laws of the state I decided to handle the case legally and hired a lawyer.”
Responding to the allegations, the plaintiff said the defendant was fond of making complaints but they had fixed what needed to be fixed in the house.
However, Adebisi sought the order of the court to eject the defendant from the said apartment.
Meanwhile, the members of the judiciary advised that the defendant could have vacated the apartment since the place was not conducive enough for him, adding that he could have met with the caretaker before hiring a legal practitioner.
However, in her judgement, the president, M.A. Mabinson said, “defendant is ordered to vacate the said three bedroom flat on or before 15 of December, 2022. This order stands as final quit notice on defendant and expires on 15 December, 2022. You are warned not to lock the doors of he rooms when going away. Any violation of this order should be reported to the neatest police station for necessary action.”
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