Dennis Isong: the facilities a rental house should not lack


Homeowners complain that people don’t like their property, but what they don’t do is assess the real problem(s). To be realistic, if people aren’t getting anything of value from your property, you can’t blame them for their lack of enthusiasm.

I know of a house where the tenants only get water from the well during the rainy season. Once the rain ceases to be frequent, they begin to experience drought again.

Renting out your home isn’t the issue, but the question is whether it has all the eye-catching fixtures that can actually capture the attention of potential tenants.

Water supply

We all know how important water is in our daily lives. A borehole in a rental apartment is a big plus. This is essential especially in Nigeria where we rarely get water from the water co-op so people should pay attention to water availability before renting your house.


A standard house for rent should have security personnel guarding the property. Security measures should also be taken to ensure that unwanted people do not gain access to the property.


A good house for rent should have a cleaner that keeps the environment clean. Many landlords think that tenants are supposed to clean, but times have changed and people no longer want to live in an apartment that they have to clean and maintain the surroundings themselves.


Plumbing, shower and bath should be in good condition. If it’s an older building and you expect your tenants to renovate or renovate in the future, you need to let them know before they move in, not after.

Parking space

Tenants who own cars would need a place to park their cars. This should be taken into consideration. Unfortunately, parking spaces are no longer a priority in Nigeria. Some homeowners wouldn’t even mind building on space intended for cars.

Properly tiled floor

At present, it is expected that houses in Nigeria are supposed to be tiled. Gone are the days when floors were left bare. Nowadays, a house without tiles is not considered modern.

Closed compound

One of the things people look for before renting a house is the security of the house, and that includes whether the house has a door or not, and what type of door it is. If your house does not have a gate, it may be difficult to rent it out. Apart from security, people like to have their privacy. No random person on the street needs to know about the activities taking place within the compound.

So landlords, if you want to rent out your properties, make sure things are put in place to make your tenants as comfortable as possible.


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