More and more Kenyans see the need of purchasing and owning land at one point in their lives. Land is the greatest investment on earth and it tends to appreciate with time. It gives one the flexibility that you won’t find with renting or leasing.
Buying land is a very crucial process and for first time land purchasers it is important to overlook the excitement. With the increased amount of conmen in the property sector, buying land can be a very tricky affair when one is not keen to details.
This is why it is very important to carry out a land search once you decide on purchasing property before you invest your money or make any transactions. The search helps one in confirmation of the details the seller gave you for smart purchasing and general peace of mind.
Thanks to the digitization of most governmental services, you no longer have to go through the former agonizing land searching process but can do so by the press of a button. Now, you only need an e-citizen account and you are good to go.
Below is a short guide on how to conduct an online land search in Kenya and some of the importance of this process.
Importance of a Land Search
Apart from avoiding scammers and fraudsters, a land search has tons of other benefits to land purchasers.
- A land search indicates the owner of that particular piece of land and will help in comparing the details on the title with those in the land registry records.
-It also show whether or not there is a mortgage associated with the property as well as any other relevant entries registered against that land.
-You get to learn the history of ownership pertaining to the land you are about to purchase. The list of previous and current owners will be available after the search.
-Knowing all registered owners helps you make an informed decision of whether to continue the transaction. Knowing the owners is also important in case a legal dispute arises. No one that does not appear as a registered owner can raise any case or question against you if it did come to that.
- The search allows you to get the specific geographical location of the land in question. It will allow you to decide whether the property is ideal for purchase or not.
- Land searching helps you know the clearance status of the land. That means you will get to know whether the land has any pending legal or other disputes in process or if it is clear for purchase.
What you need for the online search;
- An active eCitizen account
- Your KRA pin
- The Land Title deed number
- 500 land search fee
It is much more important to carry out a land search using your own eCitizen account. This will be of great help as you register the land in your own name.
If you do not have an eCitizen account, you may consider registering for one. Registration is free.
The process of conducting the online search
- Log into your eCitizen account. If you already have an account, click ‘sign in’. If not, click ‘create account.’
- Select The Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning option. You will be required to set up your KRA pin if you had not done so while creating your eCitizen account.
Select the Land Search option.
- Input the land title number and complete the subsequent form and submit.
- Select your preferred payment method, e.g. M-pesa, credit card or debit card, depending on whichever you are versatile with. You will be required to pay Ksh. Land search service fee.
- After confirmation of payment, an invoice for payment will be made and the print out for your search results will be available for download.
- Now you can comfortably download and print out your search results.
- A copy of the same is always retained in your eCitizen account for future reference.
By following this process, you will be able to see the details of the ownership of the land. The search results will indicate full details of the land ownership including the name of the person or organization owning the land, their ID number, the land title number, the size of the land parcel among other details.