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SETRACO, Landlady Draw Battle Line Over Rent, Damage Of Property

Posted: Nov 2, 2015 at 9:54 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekjoyi, Asaba

A civil construction giant, SETRACO Nigeria Limited, SNL, is facing serious challenge in Ughelli, Delta State over its inability to resolve rent problems with its landlady.

The landlady, Mrs. Victoria Oteheri, has dragged it to the High Court seeking the payment of N3.9 million allegedly owed her by the construction company as arrears of rent of her building for the months of January, 2012 to May, 2015.

She also sought the payment of N13.4 million as assessment of the damages allegedly caused to the property, a six flat storey building said to be situated at No 40 Amekpa Street, Ughelli, Delta State.

In a statement of claim prepared on her behalf by her solicitor, Mr. T.C Ubini, the claimant in the suit no UHC/63/2015 explained that the company had taken possession of the property on June 1, 2005 after agreeing to lease it for two years for the sum of N1, 728, 000.00 at the rate of N72, 000.00 per month.

“The tenancy was reviewed upon wherein the defendants accepted paying the sum of N2, 299, 968 being payment for two years rent in advance at the rate of N95, 832. 00 and the defendant made payment of rent until January 2012 when the defendant informed the claimant that the tenancy will not be renewed,” according to the statement.

It stated that an inspection of the property by both parties revealed that the building was manifestly damaged by the soldiers which the defendant put in the property as against the initial agreement that the company’s expatriates intended to live in the property, adding that the claimant demanded that the property be repaired and put in good tenantable condition in compliance with the tenancy agreement.

Saying that the parties had after the inspection agreed that the property required a wholesome renovation to the sum of N13 million to N15 million, the statement alleged that the matter was being treated with levity by the company’s Area Manager and Project Manager at its branch office in Ughelli.

While alleging that the defendant was in arrears of rent of the sum of N3, 929, 112, the statement decried that that the property had been “lying in waste since December, 2011 and the defendant who is in possession has allowed the property to ruin, depriving the claimant the keys to the property.”

It stated that the legal action was necessitated by the refusal of the defendant to pay the claimant the damages or put the property in good state of repair and pay the arrears of rent.