Concerns as House Rent Skyrockets in Abuja, Stakeholders Provide Reasons

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Understanding the Surge in House Rent Prices in Abuja: Causes and Implications.


The surge in house rent prices within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, has become a pressing concern for residents and stakeholders alike. This unprecedented increase is attributed to various factors impacting the real estate landscape.

One significant factor contributing to the escalating rent prices is the exorbitant cost of building materials. House owners in Abuja point to the staggering rise in the prices of construction essentials such as cement, sand, granite, and wood. This surge, surpassing 200 percent in recent months, has made both erecting new buildings and maintaining existing ones financially daunting for landlords.

The impact of these inflated material costs extends beyond construction to maintenance activities. Landlords find themselves grappling with the financial burden of upkeeping their properties amidst skyrocketing prices of essential building components.

A comprehensive survey conducted by WISELOADED reveals a stark reality: key building materials have become increasingly unaffordable for the average consumer. For instance, the price of a 50kg bag of cement has surged to over N15,000, more than triple its previous cost. Similarly, the prices of binding wires, tiles, roofing sheets, and other construction essentials have experienced significant hikes, exacerbating the overall cost of building projects.

This surge in construction material costs not only impacts individual landlords but also hampers infrastructural development and economic growth at a national level. Many construction projects across the FCT have been halted or abandoned due to the prohibitive cost of materials, further exacerbating the housing deficit in the country.

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Stakeholders in the real estate sector, including Mr. Jov Richard and Mr. Aliyu Wamakko, underscore the dire implications of these rising costs. Richard highlights the disparity between the current economic realities and the affordability of housing, emphasizing the challenges faced by prospective homeowners and renters alike. Wamakko echoes these sentiments, attributing the surge in rent prices to a combination of economic downturn, currency fluctuations, and housing shortages exacerbated by factors like insurgency and natural disasters.

Despite these challenges, the Federal Capital Territory Administration maintains that there are no regulations governing rent prices in Nigeria. According to Director of Press, Tony Ogunleye, the high rent prices in Abuja are longstanding and not a recent phenomenon. Additionally, he asserts that property owners are within their rights to leave buildings unoccupied as long as they fulfill their obligations, such as ground rent payments, to the government.

In conclusion, the surge in house rent prices in Abuja reflects a complex interplay of economic, regulatory, and infrastructural factors. Addressing this issue requires a multi-faceted approach that involves collaboration between government agencies, real estate stakeholders, and the broader community to ensure affordable housing for all residents of the Federal Capital Territory.

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