Landlords In Panic!New Bill Gives Tenants Powers To Bargain For Rent,Landlords Must Give Reasons for Rent increament
Landlords are set to lose their powers over tenants if a proposed Bill sponsored by the National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya sails through the Senate.
The bill, which has already received support from leaders on both sides of the political divide, demands that all landlords must give their tenants a 3-month (90-day) notice before increasing their rent.
The bill, known as the Landlord and Tenant Bill, also demands that the landlords must list down reasons for their decision to increase the rent.
“A landlord shall not increase the rent payable by a tenant for rented premises unless the landlord gives the tenant at least ninety days written notice of intention to do so.
It also noted that the increase without a 90-day notice would be considered null and void by a Tribunal to be created by the Judiciary.
The Bill also proposes that landlords and their prospective tenants should get into an agreement on the amount of rent payable.
In the case where a figure cannot be reached by the two parties, the matter shall be forwarded to the tribunal to determine the matter.
Senators Ledama Ole Kina (Narok) and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen have showed their support for the Bill arguing that landlords should not evict their tenants or increase rent arbitrarily.