Examination of Landlords’ Perception of Estate Surveyors and Values as Property Managers (A Case Study of Awka, Anambra State) (Published)
The study examined landlords’ perception of Estate Surveyors and Valuers as property managers in Awka, Anambra State. The study addressed the following objectives: to examine landlords’ perception of Estate Surveyors and Valuers as property managers in the study area, to examine landlords’ perception of lawyers and other non-professionals as property managers in the study area and, to determine the extent to which landlord’s in the study area are informed about the professional roles of Estate Surveyors and Valuers as property managers. The study made use of well-structured questionnaires as its primary source of data. A total of 150 questionnaires were distributed out of which a total of 102 were retrieved. The data collected were duly presented in frequency and percentage tables and analyzed using the Chi-square test method to validate the hypotheses. The study revealed that landlords in Awka perceive Estate Surveyors and Valuers as trained professionals in the field of property management. However, they also perceive lawyers as property managers and prefer them to manage their properties. Estate Surveyors and Valuers are therefore enjoined to enlighten the public more on who Estate Surveyors and Valuers are and their functions using varous platforms such as social and other electronic media platforms, articles and journals; shun all forms of professional misconduct which can lead to distrust and doubts on their professional competence and also the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) and the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON) should reduce the rigorous processes required for one to become a professional Estate Surveyor and Valuer, as the number of professionals in practice still leaves much to be desired.
Natural Ventilation and Body Heat Comfort: An Evaluation of Residents Satisfaction in Ogbomoso, Nigeria. (Published)
This study evaluates the variations in the level of natural ventilation in houses across the three main residential density zones of Ogbomoso. The study employs two approaches. First, it surveys the perception of residents with respect to the body heat comfort in their houses. Second, it examines the window opening sizes for compliance with floor areas considered desirable for effective natural ventilation in a warm humid climate like Nigeria. The main objective is to validate residents perception of body heat comfort through the assessment of window opening to floor areas ratio. The methodology employed is the multi-stage sampling procedure where houses are sampled from sampled streets, and a household head sampled from each house, such that the perception of residents and evaluation of window and floor areas ratio are both carried out on the same household and house, respectively. The result shows that residents’ satisfaction as well as window to floor areas decreases with residential density zones.