Kipipiri MP and National Assembly majority leader Amos Kimunya has proposed a bill that is aimed at protecting tenants from rogue landlords. According to the proposed legislation, landlords will be face up to six months in prison or fined if they seize tenants' property or illegally evict them from their residential areas.
Kimunya argues that tenants have been suffering at the hands of unruly landlords who evict them or seize their property for failure to pay on time. The law will therefore give the tenants across the country an opportunity to seek legal redress if they feel that the landlord has infringed on their rights.
Further, the law is one of the steps the government is taking to protect the tenants and ensure justice in case of disputes between the two parties. It is important to note that there are few laws that regulate the agreements between the tenants and landlords. The lack of legislation often leaves tenants with little option for seeking justice.
However, landlords might protest the proposed legislation if they feel that their interests are not properly covered in the proposals. The data from the 2019 census indicate that a majority of Kenyans are tenants. Therefore this law is expected to regulate the sector.
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