The process of buying land in Kenya is definitely a critical one. Taking into account all the necessary procedures is something that cannot be overlooked. One of the most vital stages in the land acquisition process is the searching process. Once you have decided to purchase a certain piece of land, the next move is to know its exact location before making any monetary transaction. It is at this juncture that the land registry title number is deemed necessary. The land title has always been regarded as a primary land-searching tool, which in absence may not assist in seeking a specific location. The following is a Full Guide for Land Ownership Search in Kenya.
Apply In-Person – Land Ownership Search in Kenya
Land Ownership Search can be done in person by visiting the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning headquarters or in any of their Land Offices in your Local district/ Sub County. Here you will be provided with an Application for Official Search Form RL 26 to fill and submit. This form can also be downloaded online from the Ministry of Lands Website.
You will also be required to pay a facilitation fee of Ksh 500 for the search.
You are to submit the duly filled application Form RL 26 and attach the required documents for the land search. This include; (a) Proof of land ownership (copy of title deed) (b) PIN certificate (copy) (c) Identity card (copy) for the applicant if Kenyan. (d) Foreign national registration certificate- alien card (copy) For foreigners who are residents in Kenya (e) Passport (copy) for the applicant if a non-citizen. (f) Proof of payment receipt (g) Duly filled Form RL 26
The land search at Lands office takes an average of 3 days.
After the search one is issued with a stamped Certificate of Official search Form RL 27 showing the status of the land.
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