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.
In an attempt to become more efficient and responsive to Kenyans, the ministry of lands has been working on a way to digitize all the land records. Finally, that has been made a reality. Land buyers can now perform a land search online at the comfort of their homes.
Performing a land search is an important part of doing your due diligence when looking to buy land.
The result of a search will help establish the rightful owner of the property you seek to purchase and whether or not there are any pending issues relating to the ownership of the said land.
A land search will show the full names of the owner, the approximate size of the land, and any claim on the land, case in point, where the land has been used as collateral for a bank loan or a surety in a legal dispute.
How to perform an online land search
So, how do you perform an online land search?
Here is all you need to do:
i) Simply log into the E-citizen platform and create an account
ii) Navigate to the Ministry of Land and physical planning and select the Land search option
iii) Input the title number and complete the online land search form
iv) Confirm that all the details are correct then submit the form
v) Select your preferred payment option, which can be either M-pesa, Credit card or a debit card. Note. Cash payment is not allowed.
vi) Once the payment is successful, proceed to print the results
vii) The same information can be found on your portal anytime you log into your e-citizen account.
Land search fee
A simple search costs 500 KSh and can be paid using M-PESA, Credit card or with 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.