Rental Tenants: Rights of a Tenant in Kenya


    Your rights as a tenant begin from the time you start looking for a house to the moment you have safely secured your deposit once you decide to move out from that house.


    The following laws have been incorporated in the Kenyan constitution to govern the relationship between landlords and tenants.

    1. The Registered Land Act


    It requires that property owners must keep their premises habitable.


    It also sets boundaries for leases and grounds for which one can be sued if found guilty of breaking these laws.


    2. The Landlord and Tenant (shops, hotels and catering establishments) Act (Cap 301)


    The law covers commercial leases. But there are some provisions within it that residential dwellings can also use.


    3. The Distress for Rent Act (Cap 293)


    The Act allows landlords to take a tenant’s possessions for compensation.


    It is worth noting that there has been a motion in the recent past that lobbied for the reduction of the mandate of landlords over termination. It states that they should, first of all, go to court to terminate the agreement.

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    4. The Transfer of Property Act


    The Act requires a property owner to disclose to a tenant any defects in a unit.


    It also governs the way leases are made by making it a requirement for any defects to be listed beforehand.

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