5 Things You Should Know Before You Pay For That Flat

‘Oga, no worry, dem go work…’

Hey guys, how have you been? It’s been awhile. I am particularly excited because I am going to Benin Republic today to see the girls (the victims of human trafficking). See, it is safe to call me an anti-trafficking advocate right now. Jokes apart, I think I am one. I mean, I have a novel on the discourse and I have been collaborating with BlezInyang’s foundation which is poised to fighting human trafficking in Nigeria and Benin Republic. I have been doing this collaboration for quite sometime and now, I have been invited to Benin Republic to have my own interview with these vulnerable victims particularly Bella. You can read her story here and here.

I am working with some of my friends who are into IT to provide a platform where these victims can learn tech skills so they do not fall back to prostitution when they are finally free. It is sad that some of the parents knowingly give their kids out knowing fully well that the ‘good Samaritan’ is a human trafficker.

My post is not about human trafficking, it is about the things you need to know before you pay for a flat, especially in this Lagos. If you are still thinking if relocating to Lagos is a good idea, click on this link to see why it’s not. When I am back from Benin Republic, there will be two or three posts with regards to my experience and of course, stories of the victim.

Getting an accommodation in Lagos is really stressful. From the finances to getting the apartment and making sure that you pay to the right person to avoid stories that touch. Today, I am going to be giving you tips with regards to things you should know before paying for an apartment in Lagos and Nigeria generally.

Make sure the neighbors are around
This is top on my list because it is important. I remember talking to a friend of mine who was house hunting sometime last year. An agent took him to a flat in Fadeyi where no one around. I think it was a weekend or so. The agent was like ‘Oga no worry, dem go work’. On a weekend? Work ke? Abeg, if you are house hunting, ask to see some of the tenants and talk to them. Don’t pay when you haven’t seen any of them. If the agent tells you they have gone to work, insist that you’ll come back during the weekend.

Make sure you see the Landlord
Yes, most Landlords will ask you to go through an agent, but still ask to see the Landlord o. An aunt of mine paid to an agent, only for the Landlady to return from ‘the abroad’ to start asking for her rent. According to Madam Landlady, she didn’t receive any money and she doesn’t know what she was talking about. I don’t even think it Is wise to pay to the relatives of the Landlord. Ask the tenants and try to speak to the owner of the house. It will not make sense that you will pay and your money will be used by a wicked and hungry relative or agent.

Make sure there is water
If you wouldn’t mind living in a place where there is no water, don’t bother. If you think you can cope with fetching water, that’s fine, but if you can’t and you need a place with water, check for water.

Make sure the former tenant isn’t owing any bill
If the former tenant of the flat you want to occupy is owing, that bill automatically belongs to you. Some people, even some people reading this post do not pay their bills. Waste management bills, electricity bills (na una go shout pass say Ghana and Benin Republic get constant light sha) and any other bill. The worse is if they are leaving, the innocent tenant inherits the bill. Most landlords won’t care about that, I am telling you. We once had this neighbor who would rather turn his generator on than pay his electricity bills. Funny enough, he hates the government with passion. He was always complaining about bad government. In my mind of course before my mother will give me slap, I am like, dude, you are as horrible as the government. Why are you not paying your bills? Why will you call an electrician to fix your light when the electricity company disconnects it? You will still complain about the government. Do your own part. That aside, you really should be sure you are not inheriting debts.

 Make sure it’s not noise that will kill you
This last one is funny, I know. The thing is some places are just so noisy. You will come back from work after a very stressful day and instead of you to just chill at home, you will be forced to party with the party animals and at the end of the day, you won’t sleep at all. Get a place that is not close to a bar except you want to gbe body eh with Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Davido and co all through the night.

If you have more tips, feel very free to share with us in the comment section. If you have been scammed by an agent, please share your story and find closure, lol. Don’t mind me, share you story to help others. You already know I am waiting for you all there. With regards to my trip, expect posts from me next week. That reminds me, our segment for married men still comes up on Sunday with another very juicy story. If you missed the first one, click here. I am trying to tone it down with the slang thing as I just realized I have readers from various countries. Israel is even the next after Nigeria. Maybe this is a reminder that I should repent.

Dear blog readers, thank you so much for your support. I can’t do this without you guys. We are going places, all of us. Dear Davince, I don’t know if I know you personally, but you have been very consistent with the comments. I owe you one. Have a fab weekend because I am sure going to have a fab weekend.

Comments

  1. As much as it was funny at some points, which made it more interesting anyways. Nice read. Thanks dear.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜˜
    Yay!!! Na me be first Toh comment oh!!!๐Ÿ™Œ

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    1. Lol. Don't worry give away is coming soon.

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  2. What if you want to buy the building?

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    1. My dear, me I don't know o. I think the post still applies she.

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    2. Buying a building requires 3 times the attention you give when you want to rent.
      Most especially if you are going to reside in the building. Check it is registered under land and housing within the local government, be sure all rates were paid, with your lawyer probe the genuity of the sale.
      Get a court order approving your purchase.

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  3. Interesting read. Thanks for the mention.

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  4. Oge,
    We anticipate on your updates. Please be safe out there too.

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  5. Nice one dear, funny as usual, you see those agents it's God that will punish them, people make sure you pay to the landlord ohh, it's very important, Gift well done girl!! ❤️❤️

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