Title Deed Cancellations: Kenyans who own land or plots with title deeds will now have to apply for fresh title deeds. This comes after the Lands and Physical Planning ministry shifted the administration and management of land to new laws to boost efficiency in transactions and curb fraud. Now, the ministry of lands has issued the process that aggrieved landowners can follow if affected by the process.
i) Interested persons shall lodge a complaint with the registrar through the ministry’s offices at no cost.
ii) The complainant will be required to complete forms LRA 96 set out in the Second Schedule to the Land Registration (Registration Units) Order, 2017 or LRA 67 set out in the Sixth Schedule to the Land Registration (General) Regulations,2017.
The forms can be accessed from the complaints help desk or downloaded from the ministry’s website www.lands.go.ke.
iii) Certified copies of the following documents shall be attached to the form including a copy of title deed, copy of Identification Card and P.I.N and contact address and telephone number
iv) The complaint shall be recorded by the Registrar who receives the complaint and assigned a case reference number to facilitate follow up.
v) Complainants shall be regularly advised on the progress of their complaints
Through a gazette notice established on December 31, 2020, the Lands Physical Planning ministry had announced the replacement of all title deeds under the previous laws to new ones under the Lands Registration Act 2012. “The current titles will be cancelled and new ones issued under the new legal regime while retaining the ownership, size and the other interests registered against the respective title,” said Farida Karoney, the cabinet secretary for Lands and Physical Planning.
Title deeds issued under the RLA and RTA are the most common in Kenya. The Registrar of Lands will now issue new ones to replace them under different numbers.