Buying and Renting Property

Registering Property in Kenya is done through various institutions each of which has a specific mandate with respect to enforcement and the implementation of various aspects of the land and real property laws. These institutions include;  

Ministry of Lands which is responsible for the development of the national land policy

  • Lands Registry which is mandated to register property in Kenya  

  • Turkana County Government  

  • Land Control Boards  

Property in Turkana County can be acquired on a freehold or leasehold basis. A freehold title gives the owner absolute proprietorship over the land in perpetuity while a leasehold property is held on a government lease for a specified period, usually 50 or 99 years. At the end of this period, the landowner applies for an extension of the lease, which is usually granted.

In April 2021, Kenya launched the National Land Information Management System (NLIMS), a comprehensive programme to digitize all the land records in the country and establish the land management system. Dubbed Ardhi Sasa, the electronic platform enables Kenyan citizens as well as other stakeholders and interested parties to access credible, reliable and efficient land-based services online through the website - .   

Starting with Nairobi County with a planned nationwide rollout, this initiative is set to digitize all land information including mutations, digitization of maps and integration of textual and spatial data, survey/re-survey, as well as establish an updated database of all survey and settlement records including the creation of original cadastral records.