The desire to acquire properties in Kenya has grown over the past few years. The rising need for land to serve the middle class has increased the number of real estate companies in Kenya.
One of the most important natural resources a person may own and employ to produce riches is land. Since economic power is a precondition for both social and political power, possession of the land conveys that power. The land will always be the foundation of an economy in a nation like Kenya where most people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. This has a significant impact on a nation’s overall development. So it’s crucial to comprehend how it works.
In 2019, the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning published new regulations governing Kenya’s property registration procedure in a bid to make the process of registering land simpler.
The upstream property changes have received backing from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank Group’s private sector arm. The new approach aims to simplify the procedure for selling and buying real estate in Kenya.
What you need
- The original copy of the valuation report
- Both the original copies of the stamp duty assessment form and the payment receipt
- Certificate of Rates Clearance
- National ID and PIN for all parties
- Coloured passport-size photographs of all parties
- Clearance from the commissioner of lands or land control board.
- Original title deed
- Landlord’s clearance certificate
The updating of the older regulations and guidelines will increase the competitiveness of the nation’s real estate market.
Here’s the procedure for registering land in Kenya:-
- Apply for a land rent clearance certificate
Applying for a land rent clearing certificate is the initial step. The eCitizen portal is the only way to apply. Submit a request for authorization to sell, lease, or charge the property. Make an application for valuation as well (stamp duty assessment).
- Procuring a land rent clearance certificate
You will need a fully filled application form, a copy of the title deed and receipts for current land rent payments made via RTGS transfer and iTax.
- Consent to transfer
You will be required to have an application letter from the registered owner/authorized agent/advocate, an application form and a fee duly completed and a copy of the search/title deed.
- Valuation requisition
In this stage, you will be required to have an application for valuation form duly filled, a copy of the title, the original transfer instrument duly executed and a survey plan/sketch/RIM/map of the location.
- Visitation of the site
Within three days of completion, pay a visit to the place for assessment purposes.
- Registration of land titles and other documentation
For this last step, you will need the following:-
- Application form for registration and fee
- Original Title Document
- Original Stamp Duty Payment Receipt
- Duly executed Lease/Transfer/Charge Instrument/Caveat/ inhibition and other instruments in Triplicate
- Certified copies of ID Card, KRA Pin Certificates and CR12 for companies
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