WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE RENTING A HOUSE IN KENYA
May 21, 2020
Renting a property In Kenya is a simple process however the build up to making a decision on the choice of property and other factors that will be mentioned below need to be carefully outlined and considered by the potential tenant. There are various aspects that need to be looked at by a potential tenant prior to making an impulsive decision on a certain residential property in Kenya.
The first and important aspect is to self-reflect. Take some time to think about what type of residential property are you looking for and why, what’s suitable for you and what you really need. Once you are sure and aware of what exactly you are looking for you can then decide to take the next step.
The research process can then begin. Conducting research is crucial to ensuring accurate and detailed information is obtained about the intended area of stay, the type of property, the price of the properties, convenience of area, security, and proximities to important areas. Research can be conducted through referrals, internet, and newspapers or through real estate consultants. Reaching out to real estate consultants can be of great benefit in obtaining prompt and accurate information with further assistance on any queries you may have.
Once you establish the residential properties that are of interest to you, it is now important to narrow down and pick the few best residential properties out of the lot. This is the stage whereby conducting viewings of the properties will be necessary so as to identify any issues with the properties. All items in the properties should be tested so that any faulty items or surfaces can be reported prior and repaired prior to moving in. After doing so, it’s necessary to find out from the real estate consultant about the procedure of renting the property, basically what will be needed from their end as real estate consultants. Background checks are one of the responsibilities of real estate consultants as a result, you as a potential tenant should prepare to give your general details including contact details of your past landlord. Additionally, information such as payment terms and paperwork should be clarified by you as the potential tenant so that you are well aware of the steps to finalize the process.
As you receive the tenancy agreement from the real estate consultant or directly from the owner of the property, it is absolutely essential for you as the potential tenant to have a detailed look at every clause indicated within the agreement so that you are fully aware of what the agreement entails. There may be certain clauses that you may need further clarification on, certain clauses that you may not agree on or certain clauses that have not been indicated. You as the potential tenant need to know your rights and responsibilities once you move into the residential property.
In relation to the clauses in the tenancy agreement, there are some important clauses that need to be indicated and clearly clarified. This includes information on deposit payments, due dates for rental payments, length of contract, rental escalation, redecoration of premises in case of any damage (who is responsible) or after tenancy duration ends, notice period in case of termination, correct names of tenant/landlord, rules on whether pets are permitted or not, information on whether subletting is permitted or not, responsibilities of landlord and responsibilities of tenant. It is important to note that tenancy agreements between real estate consultants are very similar with exceptions of a few variations that may exist. If you are satisfied and are in agreement with what has been indicated, you can proceed to sign the document and ensure it is signed by the landlord as well as you make payment.
The final step involves moving into the property. During this stage, it is important to conduct an inspection report along with the assistance and presence of a representative from the real estate consultant or the landlord himself/herself. It is critical for future reference to identify what the existing problems are in the property so that if the time comes where the lease expires and you intend to move out, you and the landlord are fully aware of the problems that were identified during the date of commencement. Another important document is the inventory list, this is applicable if the property is furnished, this helps keep records of the existing items in the property so that during the expiry of the lease, both parties are in agreement if certain items from the inventory list are missing. Both these procedures need to be carried out during commencement of the lease and expiry/termination of the lease.
Renting a property in Kenya is a quick and simple process however it is important for the tenant to ensure the process is legitimate and carefully conducted while it is also important for the landlord or real estate consultant to ensure they are getting the right tenant.