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How to Transfer a Title Deed in 9 Easy Steps

Posted by Nulands on March 6, 2024
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Obtaining a title deed in Kenya signifies a significant achievement, but the journey doesn’t end there. If you find yourself needing to transfer ownership of your land, here’s a breakdown of the process:

1. Preparation:

  • Gather Documents: You’ll need various documents, including:
    • Copies of your ID and KRA PIN.
    • Copies of the seller’s ID and KRA PIN.
    • The original title deed of the land.
    • A land search certificate (obtained from the Land Registry).
    • Consent to transfer from the Land Control Board (LCB) or relevant authority.
    • A valuation report for stamp duty purposes.
    • A sale agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the transfer.
    • Land rent and rates clearance certificates (obtained from local authorities).
    • Passport photos for both buyer and seller (usually 2-3 copies each).
  • Engage a Lawyer (Optional, but recommended): A lawyer specializing in property law can ensure a smooth process, handle negotiations, and address legal aspects.
  • Conduct a land search at the Land Registry Office to confirm ownership and identify any encumbrances on the land.
  • Apply for and obtain consent to transfer the land from the Land Control Board (LCB) or the relevant authority.

4. Prepare the Sale Agreement:

  • This legally binding document outlines the terms and conditions of the sale, including the purchase price, payment schedule, and any special conditions.

5. Land Valuation:

  • Arrange for a land valuation by a government-registered valuer. This report is crucial for calculating stamp duty.

6. Pay Stamp Duty:

  • Based on the land’s valuation, you’ll need to pay stamp duty to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

7. Land Registration:

  • Submit all necessary documents, including the completed transfer forms, to the Land Registry Office for processing.

8. Payment of Fees:

  • Pay any registration fees associated with the transfer process.

9. Title Deed Transfer:

  • Once processing is complete, the Land Registry Office will issue a new title deed reflecting the new owner’s name.

Final Thoughts

  • Maintain copies of all documents for your records.
  • Verify the authenticity of all documents provided by the seller.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask questions if anything is unclear throughout the process.

This is a general guide, and specific requirements might vary depending on the circumstances. It’s always recommended to consult with a lawyer specializing in property law to ensure a smooth and successful transfer process.

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