Kara hosted the Nairobi City County Chief Valuer Mr. Isaac Nyoike on Thursday, 17th June 2021 at a virtual forum to discuss and enable property owners understand more about the effect of the New Draft Valuation Roll for Nairobi County.

The meeting was organized following concerns raised by the Kara members on the impact of the new valuation roll on the rates to be paid.

Mr. Nyoike stated that the process to develop a fresh valuation roll was initiated in 2015. The process entailed data collection, analysis, compilation and establishing a fully automated Geographic Information System(GIS). The GIS platform once implemented will transit the business of property in Nairobi from manual to digital system. He noted that currently, property owners pay land rates at 25 percent of the unimproved site value based on the 1980 valuation roll. He said that once the new draft Valuation Roll is implemented, property owners are expected to pay the new rate at a rate struck of less than 0.15% of the new Unimproved Site Value. He however clarified that the final percentage to be charged as rates on all ratable properties in Nairobi will be determined after conducting public participation forums to get the input of various stakeholders. He explained that the deadline for residents to raise objections to the new draft valuation roll could not be extended as the preparation process was being dictated by two Acts of parliament, i.e. CAP. 266 (Valuation for Rating Act) and CAP.267 (Rating Act).

He urged residents to participate at the scheduled public participation forums organized by the County Government,and also submit their objections via the online platform.