The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Raji Fashola (SAN), on Thursday in Ibadan, Oyo State appealed to individual private landlords for a downward review of the number of years demanded on their property.
Fashola appealed in Ibadan, Oyo State during an inspection tour of the Federal Government Housing project, situated on the Ibadan-Oyo Expressway.
Fashola advocated that a reduction in the number of annual rents demanded by landlords would lessen pressure on new tenants.
He said, “We believe that if individuals and private landlords can review downward the number of years demanded on rent, the pressure of looking for two or three years rent by the tenants will reduce.
“That is one of our appeals to National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development as they are meeting in Jos.
“I am appealing to them that they should go to their various State Assemblies after the meeting and pass legislation that will reduce the number of years landlords demand as rent from tenants.
“I believe if this can be done, the pressure on tenants will be minimized, ” Fashola advocated.
Besides, he said the Federal Government was committed and passionate about solving the housing deficit in the country.
He said that the Federal Government was determined to do something more in the area of housing.
The Minister noted that many could no longer meet up with the payment of their house rent and constantly facing eviction threat by landlords.
Speaking on the level of work done on the 72 units housing project, Fashola, who expressed satisfaction assured that the project would be completed as scheduled.