A landlord in the Bassa neighborhood in Douala yesterday carried away a pot of chicken soup his tenant’s wife had been cooking. Every effort by the neighbors to convince the landlord handover the pot of soup back was met with stiff resistance.
The landlord bitterly speaks out “this man has money to prepare chicken but does not have money to pay for his rents, has not paid his rents for the past six months. Each time I ask him to leave my house, he states me some articles of the Penal Code indicating that I might get into serious trouble with the forces of law and order if I kick him out within two months without notice.”
The other tenants say their landlord has been very lenient to this guy ever since he started refusing to pay his rents but it has never gotten to this stage. They acknowledge the fact that the landlord is very troublesome when it comes to rent issues but they could not understand why he has been quiet on this guys case, “it is just today we are learning the tenant had been quoting sections of the Penal Code to scare the landlord away” this tenant says.
Douala with its dense population is facing serious housing shortage and people cling to the houses they get despite the ill-treatment they get from some landlords. The Government has managed to build low cost houses to curb this housing shortage but the problem still persists.