Examining Rental Housing Quality and Co-tenant Relationships in Minna, Nigeria.
This study addresses the housing shortage in Nigeria due to population growth, which has led to an increase in rental buildings. However, concerns have arisen about the quality of these rental buildings and the satisfaction of tenants, prompting attention from government authorities. The research focuses on the quality of tenement houses in Minna, Niger State, and its impact on social relationships among tenants. The aim is to propose strategies for enhancing housing quality and tenant satisfaction.
The study employs a cross-sectional survey, utilizing questionnaires distributed to selected rental houses in Minna. Descriptive statistics, frequency distribution tables with percentages, and Likert scale analysis were employed to analyze the questionnaire responses. The findings revealed that the most adequate building facility in the study area was the toilet facility, with a computed adequacy rating of 3.71. The kitchen facility followed closely with an adequacy rating of 3.61. In contrast, the septic tank (2.27) and drainage facility (2.81) were found to be the least adequate.
The research also identified inadequate infrastructure as a leading cause of conflicts among residents of face-me-I-face-you type tenement houses in Minna. Inadequate infrastructure significantly contributes to these conflicts. Overall, tenants expressed a reasonable level of satisfaction with the tenement housing in the area, despite most rental housing suffering from deplorable environmental conditions.
The study concludes by recommending the formulation of effective policies to promote sustainable rental housing provision as an alternative to home ownership in Minna and Nigeria as a whole. Addressing the housing quality and social relationship concerns will foster better living conditions for tenants and enhance overall satisfaction in rental buildings.
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