5 Commonly asked questions about title deeds-Kenya

commonly asked questions about title deeds in Kenya

In this article, we will answer the commonly asked questions related to title deeds. A title deed is a document that shows proof of ownership of property. These include

  1. Do you have ready title deeds?
  2. What type of title deeds do you have?
  3. How can I know if a title deed is real or fake?
  4. Can a foreigner own property in Kenya?
  5. How long does the transfer process take?

Do you have ready title deeds?

Yes we do.

We have ready title deeds for each property on sale under the name of the company. This is given to the client together with an offer letter to conduct a title search.

READ: How to do an online title search

What type of title deeds do you have?

There are three types of title deeds in Kenya

  1. Sectional title: title for a unit within a building, for example, a flat or apartment.
  2. Leasehold:  This is a type of title deed where the ownership and use of the land is capped at a maximum of 99 years
  3. Freehold tittle: A person or organization has ownership of the property for the rest of their lives.

Companies such as Mintvilla Housing have ready, freehold titles.

How can I know if a title deed is real or fake?

You can know a title deed is real firstly by examining its features;

A title deed by appearance is a 4 page booklet with a seal and a signature.

Page 1 -It has the title number, estimate size of the land, map sheet number, name of the owner, a seal and a date of issue. It also shows the type of land

Page 2– At the top is has 2 sections A and B described as, property and proprietorship. It also shows the parcel number details of the owner, a signature and stamp.

Page 3– This is the encumbrances section. It shows the history and records of the land. If there are any mortgages, loans and court cases related to the land they will be highlighted on this page.

Page 4– The last page looks like a book cover and has details similar to the first page. It records the Title Deed number and the document code at the bottom.

Lastly, the  most effective way is by conducting a title search at the land registry or conducting an online title search.

Can a foreigner own property in Kenya?


One can own property on the basis of a leasehold tenure. which is a maximum of 99years.Ownership can be renewed after the lease period.

Foreigners can not only own land in person but also in trust or as a company.

How long does the transfer process take?

The process of transferring a land title deed  takes a maximum of 90days.

The Bottom Line

It is very important to not only know if the title deeds are ready, but also the type and how long it will take for it to transfer the title to your name before purchasing a property. Feel free to comment on the box below or email us at [email protected].




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