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How to perform an online land  search in Kenya

In an attempt to become more efficient to Kenyans, the Ministry of Lands has been working to digitize all the land records in Kenya. Finally, land buyers can now perform a land search online at the comfort of their homes.
There are two ways to conduct a land search in Kenya;
I. Online via the e-Citizen portal
II. Manually at the local Ministry of lands offices at the county level.
In the past, land records were uncoordinated making it possible for unscrupulous people to take advantage and steal land from rightful owners. All this is set to change with the digitization of all land records in Kenya. What does that mean for Real Estate investors especially those looking to buy land in Kenya today? Performing a land search is an important part of doing your due diligence when buying land. A land search will show the full name of the owner, the approximate size of the land, and any claim on the land, e.g where the land has been used as collateral for a bank loan or a surety in a legal dispute.
With the recent digitization of land records, Kenyans no longer need to move from office to office when searching for land information, all this can be done with a simple search from wherever you are.
Steps to be taken to perform an online land search;
•log into the e-Citizen platform and create an account
• Navigate to the Ministry of Land and physical planning and select the land search option
• Input the title number and complete the online land search form
• Confirm that all the details are correct before submitting the form
• Select your preferred payment option, which can either be through M-Pesa, credit card or a debit card. No CASH payment is allowed.
• Once the payment is successful, proceed to print the results
• The same information can be found on your portal anytime you log into your e-citizen account.
A land search costs Ksh 500 and can be paid using M-PESA, a Credit card, or a debit card. All landowners are expected to register their contact details with the ministry of land by inputting their full names, ID number, and Title Deed number in the digital platform.
When the said details are successfully registered, the owner can be notified whenever someone searches for their parcel. This surely streamlines land transactions by enhancing transparency.
Manual Land Search Process
While there have been efforts to digitize the land search process, you can still conduct a manual land search at the county level.
To do this, you will need to visit the local office with the following documents;
• A copy of your ID
• A copy of your KRA Pin certificate
• A copy of the title deed
• A filled search request form
• Alway ensure you conduct a land search before you commit any money to buying a piece of land to avoid being conned.
• The government has made the process easy through the e-Citizen portal which is available at your convenience.

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