I asked a colleague in the office how he fairs with his landlord (awkward question you will say…LOL) and the response to that question, which came in form of a story, erupted both deductive and inductive argument.
The gist goes thus:
“My colleague resides in a twin duplex apartment whereby his landlord occupies one and him the other. The twin duplex has different entrance and a small gate in between. According to him, there are two coconut trees planted by his landlord on both sides of the compound. One on the landlord’s end, and another on the tenant’s end.
He plucked one ripe coconut from the tree on his own end and shared with his family and even the gateman only for him to find out the landlord warned the gateman not to allow anyone near the coconut tree ever again without his permission.”
As expected, some were in support of the landlord while other supported the tenant.
A lady said the tenant was wrong for plucking the fruit without express permission from the landlord while some said there was nothing wrong.
Another was of the opinion that if the landlord gave a prior warning not to touch the fruit, then the tenant was wrong, but if he did not, then no one is to blame.
Another lady was of the opinion that the tenant, regardless of the huge amount of money paid in Lagos state for a duplex, he rented a house not the fruit or tree. Thereby, have no right whatsoever on the plants in the compound.
The argument went on and on, so we decided to bring this to the hub and shelterMatters
So what do you think?
Do you think you have the right as a tenant to harvest whatever form of fruit cultivated by your landlord/landlady in the compound?