If you are buying land from an individual or a group, please follow the following steps:
- Title Deed – 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.
- Search – 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.
- Maps – 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.
- Verification – 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.
- Agreement – Sit down with your seller and bargain the price. Write down an agreement. The agreement can be done before a lawyer or you 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, you pay 8k for the agreement. The spouse MUST BE present!
- Booking – Pay some amounts or as per your agreement. Don’t pay everything, hata kama unazo pesa. Don’t pay cash. Do a bank transfer to the seller or pay direct to his or her account. This shows evidence of who paid and the payee. Cash atakuruka.
- Lands Control Board – 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.
- Balance – Pay the remaining balance after getting consent from LCB.
- Change Ownership – 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.
- Stamp Duty – 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 and 2% of sale value in reserves
- 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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