Kenyans who purchase units or sections within a building will soon be able to get proportionate share of the common area of the property.

The Sectional Properties Bill, 2019, which is currently before the National Assembly proposes for the division of buildings into units to be owned by individual proprietors, and the common property area which will be owned by occupants The Bill also provides for the preparation of a sectional plan by a surveyor from a building plan approved by the county government and the registration of the sectional plans by the Registrar. The proposed law will enhance revenue collection since each unit will be assessed separately for purposes of payment of ground rent and rates. Section 29 (1) of the Bill also provides for the formation of by-laws by corporation for the control, management and administration of the units, the movable and immovable property of the corporation and the common property and for the establishment of a committee. The Bill also provides for the closure of the mother title or head lease to prevent mischief by property developers. The government through the Ministry of Lands drafted the Sectional Properties Bill, 2019, because the current law on sectional properties is not responsive to emerging market needs such as the growing demand for affordable housing, mixed-use, and master-planned communities as well as efficient mortgage transactions.