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Kenya: Conversion of Old Land Reference Numbers to New Parcel

4 November 2021
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On 24th August the Ministry of Lands and physical Planning issued Gazette Notice No. 8632 of 2021, pursuant to Regulation 4 (4) of the Land Registration (Registration Units) Order of 2017, notifying the general public of the conversion of specific old land registration numbers to new parcel numbers (the Notice). On 16th July, the Cabinet Secretary had also issued Gazette Notice No. 7146 of 2021 which revoked the previous Gazette Notices (Nos. 11348 of 2020 and 520, 1706 and 1707 of 2021).

We advise all land holders affected by the Notice to review corresponding details of their properties (the old and new land registration numbers and the area which the land covers) to ensure that the area of their land stated in the notice is correct, and, if possible, to arrange to inspect the cadastral maps of the relevant land.

Where there are discrepancies between the old land registration details and the converted units, aggrieved parties may either initiate a complaint with the Registrar of Lands or register a caution on the affected land pending the resolution or clarification of the complaint in 90 days from publication of the Notice which will be on 22 November 2021.
Please note that all land transactions or dealings related to the properties affected by the Notice shall be carried out in the new registers from 13 December 2021. Furthermore, the next phase of the conversion of these units is the issuance of titles bearing the new registration numbers.  During this phase, landowners will be required to surrender their current titles in exchange for new titles.  We shall let you know once this process commences.

In the meantime, we are available to provide further guidance in respect of both the verification of the converted parcels of land and the complaints procedure for any grievances.