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As a Tenant, You Have The Following Rights.

The majority of renters are unaware that they have legal rights that their landlords must respect and for which they can seek legal redress. These rights include a wide range of issues, including rent hikes, evictions, deposits, and property damage. Some of the rights are listed below.

The agreement. Always have a written contract (also known as a tenancy covenant) between you and your landlord. As a result, your rights as a tenant will be safeguarded under the law. According to a research by the Institution of Surveyors Kenya (ISK), if you're in a tight spot and can't make your rental responsibilities, the best course of action is to negotiate with your landlord based on the conditions of your lease.

Rent was raised and a notice to depart was issued. The Rent Restriction Act, Cap 296, prohibits your landlord from raising rent over the regular amount at any time. “A landlord shall not be entitled to recover any rent in excess of the standard rent in respect thereof, notwithstanding any tenancy agreement or lease executed between the landlord and the tenant or any other agreement, in writing or otherwise, as to the amount of rent payable made between the landlord and the tenant prior to or after the assessment of the standard rent,” Section 9 of this Act states. However, a landlord may raise rent in response to increases in water and light bills, conservation fees, structural repairs, and redecorating.

Tribunals and Courts for Rental Disputes. There are two types of tribunals in Kenya where you can file a complaint. The Business Premises Rent Tribunal (BPRT) and the Rent Restriction Tribunal are two such tribunals (RRT). Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nyeri, Eldoret, Kakamega, Embu, Garissa, and Lamu are all home to the Rent Restriction Tribunal. This tribunal is responsible for controlling the increase of rent, the right to possession, the payment of premiums, and the setting of standard rent between a landlord and a tenant for controlled premises and other purposes.

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