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The Consequences of Tenant Eviction in Ilorin, Nigeria: Estate Surveyors and Tenants├ó┬?┬? Perspectives| Abstract

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Journal of Research in Economics and International Finance

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The Consequences of Tenant Eviction in Ilorin, Nigeria: Estate Surveyors and Tenants├ó┬?┬? Perspectives

Abstract

Ibrahim Tajudeen Akogun and Olatoye Ojo

This paper examines the consequences of tenant eviction in property management practice with a view to suggesting measures aimed at reducing its incidence. The 16 registered estate surveyors and 114 evicted tenants in the study area were surveyed with a structured questionnaire. Data collected were analyzed using frequency distribution tables and frequencies. The study revealed that the most vulnerable categories of tenants are within the lower income bracket. In spite of the substantial qualitative and quantitative housing problems in Nigeria, the impact of eviction can be severe. Eviction resulted in homelessness for the displaced tenants; it led to enmity, loss of income and time wastage for litigation and also bad reputation for the manager especially where the case was lost. Evictions when inevitable should be undertaken with a degree of concern and care must be taken to avoid waste of resources. The paper observes that it is necessary to create a national database of detailed information on evictions to help determine the scope of the problem, bring national attention to eviction issues, and develop housing policies and programs that might decrease the occurrence and impacts of evictions.

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