Update on my house

I inquired the cost of my outrageous house bills from a reader who lives on my street. She told me as at last year, LAWMA charges N1500 for their compound and estate security was N3k monthly.I took my findings to my male neighbor and asked if he knew other property owners in the neighborhood. I asked if he was given any bills and he laughed and said he doesn’t like problem so he just told them to send him account details. He suggested I pay off ASAP as this is the reason the tenant I replaced was evicted.

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I told him it was easier for him to say that since his rent is 1.5m. We are clearly different income earners and it was unfair on me. Those bills are higher than my rent if you look at it objectively. It was simply not worth it. I gave him a cost breakdown of what was written and he said he wasn’t aware it amounted to 250k annually, he wasn’t going to pay too until they tell him what exactly he is paying for.

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This evening, the landlord’s daughter came knocking with another ‘shit of paper. She said she wanted to clarify stuff with me as there has been a miscalculation on her end. I am meant to pay 20k this month and N7,400 subsequently. I asked why LAWMA is 12k monthly. She said it was formerly 9k but they recently increased to 12k. I just said ‘Okay’ and left.

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This runs up to a N100k annually and a significant reduction from the first bills but it still doesn’t fly with me. The breakdown according to them is 10k monthly for the woman that sweep the premises once a month, 12k for LAWMA monthly, estate security is 36k annually and the total was spilt equally among 3 houses since my other neighbor is currently not around. 

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I stayed away from serviced apartments when I was house hunting because it was beyond my budget. Why am I being charged this amount as ‘service charges’ when my power supply is 100% dependent on PHCN.

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If they explicitly stated I will be paying charges that runs up to 100k in my agreement, there is absolutely no way I would have accepted to live here. Even 50k is madness but it can be overlooked with a heavy heart.

I don’t know what they are planning to do with me but I can’t pay this.

 

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