The Process of Buying Land in Kenya

I came across this post by one Innocent Ratemo on the process of buying land in Kenya and I just had to share. He breaks it down step by step and it is impressive.

If you are buying land from an individual or a group, please follow the following steps:

  1.  Ask to see the title deed or copy of title deed. Then do a search at
    the ministry of lands to confirm who the real owners are or if the
    title has any Caveat on it. The search will cost you kshs 520.
  2. Do a search with the local authorities to check of any unpaid land
    rates. If any, agree with the seller on who will settle the debt. Nb:
    land can’t be transferred if there are unpaid land rates.
  3. Go
    to the ministry of lands and buy 2 maps, one showing the exact
    measurements of the piece u are buying (called mutation) and the other
    showing the neighbouring lands. Each costs Ksh 350
  4. With your 2
    maps and a surveyor (you can even do it yourself) , visit the land you
    are buying and verify the details on the map. Check out all the beacons.
  5. Sit down with ua seller and bargain the price. Write down an
    agreement. The agreement can be done before a lawyer or yu may decide
    to do it yourself. It’s not a must to be written by a lawyer. According
    to LSK, if the value of the land is below 1 million, you pay the lawyer
    3k. If above 1m, yu pay 8k for the agreement.
    The spouse MUST BE present! Ask me why the spouse must be present.
  6. Pay some amounts or as per your agreement. Don’t pay everything, hata kama unazo pesa.
  7. Book a meeting with the lands control board(LCB). They meet once a
    month. It will cost you kshs 1,000. But there is a special LCB meeting
    which yu can book at 5k. LCB will issue consent for the land to be sold.
  8. Pay the remaining balance after getting consent from LCB.
  9. With the consent from LCB, a recent search(not more than 6 months),
    clearance form from County land rates, your 2 maps, the agreement, KRA
    PIN, 2 Passports and copy of the title deed, go to the ministry of lands
    to change ownership. Cost kshs 5000.
  10. At this stage, you no longer need the seller. Now go and pay stamp duty ie according to the value of the land.
    4% of sale value in municipalities
    2% ” ” ” in reserves
  11. Now the land belongs to you. But before celebrating, go to the
    ministry and do a search to confirm if it really reads your name.

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2 thoughts on “The Process of Buying Land in Kenya

  1. well! thanks for informative share about that. Leaning about real estate investment in Kenya is great!

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