Dilapidated House: Court Fines Landlady N10,000

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A Grade A Customary Court in Mushin, Lagos,   fined a landlady N10,000 after she pleaded guilty that her house was in a poor sanitary state.

The court president, Dr Abayomi Ipaye, said that as a result of the poor sanitary state of the building, the landlady, Mrs Dorcas Okeowo, endangered her tenants’ lives.

The Mushin Local Government Council had accused Okeowo, whose building is located at No. 2, Odunsi St.,  Mushin, of failing to repair her dilapidated bungalow.

The council’s sanitation officer, Mr Raji Razak, said that the landlady did not repair the houses’s cracked fence and that she passed a waste pipe through one of the rooms.

Razak submitted that the offence contravened Sections 7 and 8 of the Lagos State Public Health Law.

The 85 year-old landlady, who was represented by her son, Adeyinka, apologised for the poor state of the house.

 “The house is not constructed properly because the waste pipe passed through a room and constituted nuisance in the building”.

 “We have given the tenant living in the room a quit notice to enable us to carry out the necessary repairs,” he said.

The court president adjourned the case till June 29 to enable the affected tenant to appear in court.