Why it is crucial to do a land search in Kenya:
- Land ownership history.
Location of the land.
Land clearance status.
Any claims that have been made on the land.
In Kenya, it is possible to find the above facts by doing a land search using two methods: manual and online land searches. In this article, you will learn how to approach both.
How to do a land search in Kenya manually
1. Visit the nearest Lands office, whether sub-county or county office.
2. You will be issued with a land search form (Form RL 26) which you will be required to fill and submit.
3. Attach a copy of the land title, KRA PIN and a copy of your ID.
4. Proceed to pay the required fee which is Kshs 500 then wait for a confirmation message.
5. After a few hours, you will get the land search results.
How to do a land search in Kenya using the online method
The online approach to performing a land search was recently introduced to increase transparency and access to information regarding land ownership in Kenya.
The platform was developed jointly by the Ministry of Land & Physical Planning, National Lands Commission and key partners in the government.
Ardhisasa is the government-provided platform that Kenyans can rely on when they want to sell or buy land. The initiative was introduced by government stakeholders and the Ministry of Land & Physical Planning, National Lands Commission.
Here is how you can do a land search on Ardhisasa:
1. Log in to the Ardhisasa platform https://ardhisasa.lands.go.ke/account/login or first create an account if you don’t have one.
2. Click on services on the left-hand side of the dashboard.
3. Go to the land registration option then click on search.
4. Click on New Application.
5. You will be required to fill in search details, particularly the title number of the land.
6. Enter the purpose or reasons for the land search.
7. Select the scope of the search. This may either be particulars noted the property section, particulars of the subsisting register entries, register for documents registered or power of attorney register.
8. Click on next.
9. Confirm your details and submit your application. The search results will be posted on the portal.
Details of the property in question should be added under ‘my property section’ (the land owner). The land owner will then verify to authorize the system to generate the search results.
Now you know how to perform both the manual and online land searches in Kenya. However, you should note that the landowner must be registered on ArdhiSasa for the search to be successful.