How Ardhisasa is changing the process of purchase and sale of properties in Kenya
With Ardhisasa, what changed?With introduction of Ardhisasa platform, many things have changed on how people are doing land or property transactions. Before then, you would see many people especially lawyers, investors, property owners and brokers gathering outside Ardhi house with big files in their hands. These people would be seeking for different services ranging from land search, replacement of title, registration of certificate of titles among others. Now, most of these services has been put in one platform called Ardhisasa, an online platform that allows Citizens, other stakeholders and interested parties to interact with land information held and processes undertaken by Government.
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“At the click of a button citizens will carry out various land transactions, drastically reducing human interaction, delays and all other inconveniences that Kenyans have had to endure in our land registries,” President said.Services that have been moved online on ArdhisasaTransfer of ownershipIssuance of consentValuation requestsPayment & issuance of land rent clearance certificate.Payments of stamp dutyRegistration & consent feesApplication and withdrawal of caution/caveats/restrictionsRegistration of land documents and searches
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But what happens to those people whom their land parcels have not been updated?
If your land parcel has not been updated in to the Ardhisasa system, you have to register your parcel by adding your property details on the system and wait for your parcel to be verified by the ministry. No manual transaction can be done to parcels within Nairobi County. Even search cannot be conducted successfully.
Manual transaction can however, only be done for parcels outside Nairobi County and for the parcel in LR format. It is good to note that; LR are parcels registered under the old regimes or repealed laws, Block parcels are parcels registered under the new Land Act 2012. Some of the repealed legislations included the Government Lands Act (Cap. 280), the Registration of Titles Act (Cap. 281), the Land Titles Act (Cap. 282) and the Registered Land Act (Cap. 300).
Transaction for parcels in LR format are done manually at Central Land registry at the ministry of land. To transact on parcels in NAIROBI/BLOCK format, navigate to My property section in the Ardhisasa platform and add your property details then wait for a verification notification from the Ministry. Once the parcel has been verified you will be in a position to transact on your parcel on Ardhisasa.
The verification process involves cross-referencing and verifying data from three departments (Land Administration, Survey, and Land Registration. The process is still ongoing. Once the details are verified you will receive a notification. The notification will be done via phone, email address and on your Ardhisasa account.
Conducting a search at central registry is free. The requirements for a manual search are;
1.Duly filled Application for Official search Form. You can click this link to get the form.
3.PIN certificate (copy)
4.Identity card (copy) for the applicant if Kenyan.
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For enquiries, please visit Ardhi House, Off Ngong Rd: P.O. Box 30450-00100, Nairobi,Kenya or email: [email protected]. The ministry can also be reached on phone: 0743922876.