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Official RAMP Blog

So some Landlords collect Resident Association Levies & Dues along with House Rent
February 18th, 2014 11:13 pm

 

The first time I heard this was some years back, but then the RAMP idea was still sketchy and we were still skeptical about embarking on such a long journey. So back to the matter at hand, I recently had a conversation with a friend after church on a Sunday and I jokingly asked him how regularly we paid his estate residents association dues and levies, if at all he pays them. 

His answer was quite interesting; he told me he pays his resident levy dues along with his annual house rent to his landlord. Now trust me I was wowed by his revelation. 2 major reasons I was fascinated were for the fact that he didn't mind paying for "extra luggage" to his landlord. My friend is quite comfortable, considering he has a well paying job, so i believe paying the extra money for his estates association and dues may not really be his problem. 

The Nigeria of today, Landlords will coin up so many imaginary charges from the usual refundable deposit, which they claim to return back in case you do not damage anything. Then we have the usual agency & legal fees, which some landlords even sit on top. So I am really amazed that my friend agreed to part with extra for the resident association dues. I probed further to find out if his resident association disturbs him for dues. Interestingly he said that they don't. 

Now this simply means that his Landlord is sincere and remits the dues to the Resident Association. If this is the case, then I am sure my friend's Landlord is certainly a just and sincere man. Considering the tons of Shylock Landlords scattered around Lagos & Nigeria as a whole. I personally know that i would question my Landlord's decision to collect the Resident Association Levy & Dues along with my annual house rent.

But if we look at this scenario carefully, it could actually be an advantage for Resident Associations if they decide to adopt a policy where they advice landlords to collect their annual levies and dues from tenants along with rent. But the negative side effect of this is the bulk inconvenience that is passed on to the tenant, considering that they are already paying 12 months’ rent. Most people would prefer a monthly "pay as you go" approach which is logical and economically sensible to smaller estates & gated neighborhoods.

The second disadvantage of this approach is that, it could or should I say will eventually lead to abuse by Landlords, with cases of inflated rates. Assuming a yearly due for his resident association is N12,000. Oga landlord may decide to collect double the amount from his tenants (N24, 000). So invariably it becomes an added cash cow for them.

Have you had any similar experience where a Landlord demanded or included the resident association levy & dues with the house rent to be paid as a new or existing tenant? We would like to hear your own experience.
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