Your landlord shouldn’t just raise the rent at will

MosT Kenyans live in rental houses. According to the 2009 census, 61 per cent of Kenyans live in rented houses, and the number is much higher in towns. While the law does not explicitly ban rent increases, it provides strict measures for landlords to follow.  PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Section 9 of the Rent Restriction Act says that a landlord shall not ask for any rent in excess of the standard rent as stipulated in the contract:
  • “The landlord of the premises shall not be entitled to recover any rent in respect thereof in excess of the standard rent, notwithstanding any tenancy agreement or lease executed between the landlord and the tenant or any other agreement, in writing or otherwise, as to the amount of rent payable made between the landlord and the tenant prior to, or after, the assessment of the standard rent.”
  • However, Dr Mwimali notes that there are two instances in which the landlord can increase rent as stipulated in Section 11 of the Act: “When the land rates payable have increased since the premises were let to the tenant,

After graduating from the university last year and getting a job on the outskirts of Nairobi, Judy Wangui, 24, decided it was time to be independent since she had spent her years as a university student moving from one relative’s house to another.


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