Dear Tenants, This Is How 'Not To' Treat A Rented Property
Reynolds Adeola lived in Akin Adebisi's three-bedroom flat for three years.
During this period, he allegedly damaged two security doors, aluminum window glass, kitchen cabinet, wardrobe doors and a toilet seat, among other things.
So much has happened since he moved out and now he has landed in court, standing trial on counts of breach of peace and malicious damage.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, told the Ikeja Magistrates’ Court that the accused maliciously damaged the property, an offence committed in 2016 at Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos.
He told the court; “He promised to effect the repair before leaving the apartment.
“After so much effort to have him effect the repair after packing out, the complainant (Adebisi) had to carry out the repair.
“He had forwarded the bill to the accused, who acknowledged it for the repair.”
Perhaps the N527,000 Adebisi claimed to have spent to repair the property shocked Adeola and this made him “conduct himself in a manner likely to breach the peace”.
“The accused issued a cheque of N527,000 for the repair of the damaged property and another cheque of N136,000 for electricity indebtedness.
“When the cheques were presented to the bank, they were returned dud,” he said.
The accused, who resides at Agege, Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty, and was admitted to N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
Magistrate J.A. Adigun said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The law stipulates two years’ imprisonment for malicious damage and Adeola will have to wait till January 9 to continue with efforts to prove his innocence.
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