A Nigerian judge has made a ruling that will change the status quo when it comes to the landlord’s tenant’s agreement.
According to the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), a judge had ruled that a landlord’s outstanding electricity bill or that of the previous tenant cannot be enforced on a new tenant.
NERC wrote on Twitter: “A Landlord’s outstanding electricity bills cannot be enforced on a tenant.
“A judge recently ruled that the bills of a previous tenant cannot be enforced on a new customer.
“Send us details if you are in such situations. ~Commissioner Nathan Shatti.”
Nigerians reacted to this revelation asking if the judge’s ruling will be applied.
One Twitter user wrote: “Why is @NERCNG saying one thing and DICSO @AEDCELECTRICITY doing another? Are we not being scammed?”
And Abuja Electricity Distribution gave a contradictory reply via its official Twitter account @AEDCELECTRICITY, writing: “Hello, please be informed that once a property has accrued debts on the account. It continues to reflect until it is cleared. However, the tenants is supposed to have a discussion with the Landlord on how to clear off their outstanding debt.”
A Twitter user responded to Abuja Electricity Distribution, writing: “Do you even know what you are saying? There was a ruling and you are saying your own. Are you the judge?”
See below some of their reactions;
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