I'm a tenant of a landlord in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. If I want to leave the home, what should I do? like time I should notify, if I want to lead suddenly etc pls I need urgent answer.
2 Answers from Attorneys
Is the lease agreement for a determinate period? If not, you are in luck. You may leave after giving notice and waiting until the date when the next payment of rent is due.
If the agreement is for a determinate period, or the date when the next payment of rent is due is too far, it would be more complicated for you. I am available for discussing these at [email protected] or +251-911-642169. Please have your lease agreement on hand because it is the most essential document for determining your position.
Below you find the answer to your questions.
The specific provision dealing with rent is articles 2945 and the following of the Civil Code of Ethiopia. The specific provisions that deal with you case are the following.
Art. 2965. - Termination of contract or lease for a determinate period.
A contract of lease made for a determinate period shall terminate as of right on the expiration of the period agreed upon without the necessity of giving notice.
Art. 2966. - Termination of lease for an indeterminate period.
(1) Where the contract of lease has not been made for a determinate period, notice may be given by the lessor to the lessee or by the' lessee to the lessor.
(2) In such case, the contract shall terminate on the day when, under the contact or the law, the second term of rent becomes or would have become exigible, had notice of termination not been given.
Therefore, if your contract with the land lord is for a definite period of time, then the contract will terminate on the agreed time. In such cases you are not obligated to give a notice.
But if the contact is for an indefinite period of time, then you are required to give notice to your lessor.
Hope this has been helpful.