Kenya’s Ministry of Lands has undertaken a raft of measures to simplify registration processes and speed up land transactions.
In a document published on its website, the ministry said the latest reforms are aimed at facilitating easy, fast, and efficient processes in the transaction of land property.
The reforms include free title search and free application for registration of land.
In addition, the ministry has abolished the requirement of consent sub-let, transfer, charge, or carry out mutations on land.
Further, rent clearance certificates will not be required to sub-let, transfer, and carry out mutations on parcels of land.
The ministry has also said Kenyans will not require rates clearance certificates to sub-let, transfer or mutate land. The changes are the latest efforts by the ministry at re-engineering business processes to improve the ease of doing business.
Last year, the ministry re-engineered land registration processes into 3 simplified steps, bringing down the amount of time it takes to register land to just 12 days compared to the previous 49 days and 9 procedures in a move that saw Kenya ranked 61st in the global ease of doing business rankings.
In 2018, the World Bank’s ease of doing business report ranked Kenya at position 122nd globally for property registration due to the several procedures and time involved to complete the process at the time.
The rankings noted that the country had 9 procedures involved in registering property taking at least 49 days in comparison to the leading countries where it takes a day or less. The ministry intends that the changes will make land transfer easy, fast and efficient.
Kenya’s ease of doing business rankings could be greatly boosted by the increase in efficiency at the ministry whose services touch every sector of the economy directly and indirectly.