Step by Step guide to buying Land in Kenya.


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Are you thinking of buying land in Kenya? It is important to do your due diligence before parting with your hard earned money. Especially during this COVID-19 pandemic period, when money is scarce.

Very many Kenyans have been duped into buying "air". Land is an asset that every Kenyan wishes to own.

But owning a piece of this country's soil has recently proven to be the riskiest venture. Mostly because of the sum of money involved.

Whether you are buying the land from an individual seller, a group or an agency, you will need to follow this step by step guide to avoid falling into land scams which are on the rise:

1. Ask owner or agency to show you the origina title deed and to give your a copy of the same. 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. Clear the balance due after you have gotten consent from CLB.

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. Now you are free to go, you no longer need the seller or agency anymore. Proceed to pay the stamp duty equivalent to the value of the land.

Dont hesitate to contact me for any further details or/and clarification: 0793 86 33 44