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  It’s easy to see why anyone would want to become a landlord in Lagos. It’s a fast-growing city, boasts one of the highest per capita income levels of any state in Nigeria, and hosts perhaps the most lucrative real estate market in the country. Owning and renting out property in the right spots within the metropolis could yield a fortune.
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Maybe you’d like to be a landlord in Lagos but aren’t sure how you should go about making it happen. This article should help.  In it, we’ll walk you through the steps you need to take to achieve this goal of yours. Here they are:

Research and Plan Ahead

The first thing you’ll have to do is research the current property trends in Lagos. Understand the neighbourhoods, property values, and rental rates. Then compare the existing conditions and prospects of various districts, and choose a location that promises a decent return given your budget. You’ll also want to create a detailed business plan that outlines your investment goals, capital outlay, and projected returns. This plan will serve as a roadmap for your real estate venture.

Be Financially Prepared

Real estate investment requires a significant financial commitment. You must go into it knowing what you’re willing and able to commit in terms of financial resources. Have a look at the property purchase price (if you’re buying property), building costs (if you’re constructing from scratch), legal fees, taxes, and potential renovation costs. If you can, you should try securing financing from reputable financial institutions or private lenders. But getting things done with your funds is often the more straightforward option.

Consider Legal Factors and Implications

Get familiar with the legal aspects of property ownership and landlord-tenant relationships in Lagos. As you do that, engage the services of a real estate lawyer who will guide you through the legal requirements, including property title verification, land-use regulations, and tenancy agreements. Complying with legal obligations will protect your interests and foster a positive landlord-tenant relationship.

Acquire or Build Property

Once you’ve identified a suitable location, you may proceed with the acquisition or construction process—depending on which one you’re opting for. Work with reputable builders, property developers and real estate agents to find viable options. Also, perform due diligence on the property, ensuring all necessary documents are in order. This includes obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) or other relevant land titles.
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Renovate and Upgrade

This applies if you’re buying an already existing house. When you renovate and upgrade your property, you’ll significantly increase the likelihood of attracting quality tenants. And it allows you to charge higher rental fees. So, address any structural issues, update utilities, and enhance the property’s curb appeal. Ultimately, the long-term value of a well-maintained property will soar—a good thing for the total worth of your real estate holdings.

Screen Prospective Tenants

With your house ready to receive renters, it’ll be time to screen prospective tenants. You should look out for at least three things: that they are reliable, law-abiding, and financially stable. Try to verify their employment history and past tenancy experiences where possible. Make sure to draft a comprehensive tenancy agreement that clearly outlines the rights and responsibilities of both parties (you and the tenant).

Set Up Property Management

Decide whether you will manage the property yourself or enlist the services of a professional property manager. Property managers handle day-to-day operations, rent collection, and property maintenance, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your investment portfolio.

Market and Promote Your Property

You may have at least a few potential tenants inquire about your property even without your marketing it to them. However, you’re likely to generate a lot more interest if you publicize your vacant spaces. Utilize online platforms, social media, and traditional marketing channels to reach a broader audience. While you’re at it, make sure to highlight the unique features of your property and emphasize its value proposition.

Final Words

The path to becoming a successful landlord in Lagos is paved by careful planning, financial prudence, and a commitment to legal and ethical standards. If you follow the steps we’ve talked about here and stay informed about the local real estate market, you will almost certainly achieve success as a real estate investor, contributing to both your financial growth and the development of the thriving real estate landscape in Nigeria’s commercial capital. Featured Image Source: LandWey
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This article was first published on 30th December 2023


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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