Legal Alert | Kenya | Temporary Closure of the Lands Registry - Africa Legal Network

Legal Alert | Kenya | Temporary Closure of the Lands Registry


The Ministry of Lands has issued a public notice dated 18 March 2018 notifying the public of the temporary closure of the Nairobi Lands Registry and the Central Registries at Ardhi House from 19 March 2018 to 30 March 2018.

The Lands Ministry is in the process of finalising the adoption of an online system known as the Lands Information Management System (LIMS) that will manage and streamline business processes at Land Registries across the country. The closure of the Lands Registry is to enable the cleaning up of records and the scanning of all documents onto the LIMS. The process will start in Nairobi and later move on to other Land Registries.

No activity will take place at the Lands Registry in Nairobi during the 10-day closure. The notice is however silent as to whether land related services that are currently available through the eCitizen portal and at Huduma Centres will still be available.

Once the Lands Registry reopens on 3 April 2018, there will no longer be manual processing of documents and the following processes will be available through the eCitizen portal:

i.     Transfer of ownership (transfer of lease and transfer of Land);

ii.    Issuance of consent (for transfer, charge, further charge);

iii.   Valuation requests – to be created automatically upon application for transfer of ownership;

iv.   Payment and issuance of Land Rent Clearance Certificate;

v.    All payments (stamp duty, registration fees, consent fees);

vi.  Application and withdrawal of caution/caveats/restrictions;

vii. Registration of land documents; and

viii. Searches (Nairobi and Central Registries).

Click here to read the notice.

Should you have any questions on this legal alert, please do not hesitate to contact Mona Doshi or Caroline N. Karugu.

Mona K. Doshi
Caroline N.  Karugu
Senior Associate

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