Topic bothers on Web 2 knowledge titled
“RIGHTS OF A TENANT IN A TENANCY AGREEMENT”
One of the core rights is
RIGHT TO A WRITTEN AGREEMENT.
Agreements generally can be oral or written. In this century, oral agreements seem awkward especially when it is executory (yet to be executed) and involves huge considerations from the parties to it. It is advised that agreements are written, on that note a Latin maxim says that “Quo scripti scripti”, what is written is written and another adds that, “quo scripti mante”; what is written remains. For the avoidance of doubt, ambiguity and misunderstanding of the intentions of the parties (landlord and tenant) at the time of their agreement, our courts encourage tenancy agreements to be in writing. This will aid both parties to outline their terms and conditions expressly. The law makes the writing of tenancy agreements mandatory for tenancies above three (3) years while tenancy below three can be orally or written. Generally to be on the safe side parties are advised to put their agreements in writing even if it is for a week tenancy.