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Kenya: Looming Danger As Over 80 Per Cent of City Buildings Are Unsafe for Habitation

The collapse of a five-storey residential building in Nairobi's Makongeni estate on December 17 last year and in Huruma area on the night of January 4, 2015, has cast planning, housing and urban development offices in a bad light. The begging question, which has not been answered, is whether professional misconduct or gross negligence is to blame for the tragedies that left more than 15 people dead. Many others were injured and property destroyed. Read more...

Rise of apartments in Nairobi suburbs causes housing glut

The five-storey building in Tena on the east of Nairobi, Kenya's capital, is tiled from top to bottom, giving it a classy look that should appeal to tenants. However, despite being finished close to four months, the flat with 20 two-bedroom houses is yet to be fully occupied, with nearly half of the units remaining empty.Read more...

Kenya: Demand Has Pushed Up Apartment Rents - Hass

HIGH demand for posh apartments by Kenya's growing middle class saw rents increase by 2.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2014, the Hass Property Index shows. It indicates the average property rents increased by 9.8 per cent in 2014, with the asking prices for apartments recording the highest rise.Read more...

Kenya: What the Law Says About Property Ownership

Happy 2015. Property in Kenya can take many forms. It can be movable or immovable. Article 260 of The Constitution provides that "property" includes any vested or contingent right to, or interest in or arising from-- (a) land, or permanent fixtures on, or improvements to, land; (b) goods or personal property; (c) intellectual property; or (d) money, chooses in action or negotiable instruments; Read more...

Cement production rises as construction thrives

Production of cement, a key construction material, surged past half a million tonnes last July as 11-month tally surpassed full-year figures for the previous two years, latest data show. A total of 500,428 tonnes were manufactured in the month, pushing total production by end of November to 5.21 million tonnes. This is far higher than the 5.06 million tonnes churned out in the whole of 2013 and 4.64 million in 2012. Read more

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