Non-citizens` rights to own property in Kenya.

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July 22, 2021

The question that foreign investors usually ask most is, “will I be allowed to own property in Kenya?” The answer is yes, but with some restrictions.

As much as foreigners have the right to own property in Kenya, they are restricted from owning or dealing with agricultural farmlands, and also the tenure in which they can hold the land is restricted.

The constitution of Kenya, Lands Act (Act No. 6 of 2012) and, the Land Registration Act (Act No. 3 of 2012), provides a provision for non-citizens to hold land for 99 years under leasehold tenure.

As a foreigner, you can own property as an individual, with a trust (a person you entrust to hold your property on your behalf), or with a company.

In Kenya, many foreigners have been duped by being sold land and told that they can hold it for more than 99 years.

You are therefore advised to always use a trusted real estate agency or a trusted realtor who will take you through all your paperwork.

Also, a non-citizen is advised to find a trusted lawyer who will be the overseer in the process of buying a home of land.

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Non-citizens` rights to own property in Kenya.