Many Kenyans live in rental houses especially in the urban areas, more specifically those who have migrated from the rural areas is search for jobs and greener pastures in towns and cities. Others rent commercial houses for businesses. Some of the major challenges this category of Kenyans face is hefty rents that are prone to periodic increments where landlords and landladies hike rents occasionally as they wish. Some of the factors that influence the increase of rent including rates and taxes.
However the National Assembly has come to the rescue of Kenyans after a parliamentary committee backed the government's push to put a stopper on rent increases. This will stop the landlords from increasing the rents on commercial buildings as well as the residential premises.
If this proposal will be passed, a new law will seek to protect tenants from arbitrary changes that are occasionally imposed on them by the landlords.
This comes following the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Bill of 2021 by the National Assembly committee on Transport, Housing and Public Works. This bill now awaits debate in parliament and would later be passed by the house.
The increase in rent will be capped at the inflation rate of the previous year. The landlords will be restricted from increasing rent as they will only be allowed to make further changes when compensating for any additional services to the tenants in the premises.
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