How one can lose land if it stays idle for more than 10 years
Land is said to be one of the most promising investments to venture into in Kenya. This being simply because land appreciates with time.
Land in Kenya appreciates at a high rate due to the fast growing development and infrastructure experienced in the country. This is also due to the fast growing population in the country which creates the need for housing thus automatically creating the need for land.
However, if you acquire raw land and do not develop it for more than 10 years, you risk losing it as you will have lost the right to claim ownership, through adverse possession.
The loss of land to another person due to the lack of development on it is what is referred to as adverse possession.
Apart from inheritance or the buying of property, adverse possession is another way that an individual can acquire land.
Adverse possession in Kenya is equally good and ill depending on which side of the coin you look at it from. However, considering the fact that the original owner of the land can take as long as ten years without using or even visiting the land, raises the question of whether this person actually needs that land in the first place or not.
In many cases, adverse possession has led to chaos and bloodshed. The actual owners are always in total denial of the fact that they remain mere owners of only title deeds without their lands which can lead to a lot of bitterness.
The government is right to issue out such lands to other parties to prevent waste of land. This goes a long way in forcing landowners to monitor their properties.
Enforcing this law hugely contributes to managing the menace of land inflation where scarcity of property has seen lands rise to unimaginable prices.
Adverse possession carries two faces. It has the advantage and disadvantage parts.
This depends on which side you stand on, the real owner, or the adverse possessor.
This law is not always the best way to go about things. However, it awakens property owners to be more cautious with their properties and to ensure they do regular check up on their parcels of land.
If you are a land owner, ensure you monitor your property. You can even give it to a disadvantaged person to live in it and make use of it as you wait for its appreciation.
You can also give your land out in the form of a farming lease to ensure you don’t lose it, before you eventually decide on what you want to do with it.
There are a lot of creative ways you can put your raw or vacant land into use to prevent adverse possession. This can even go a long way in income generation.
For you who may be clueless on how vacant land can actually be put into use and would like to know of creative ways which you can put your vacant land into use to prevent adverse possession, visit our website, or click here
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