On Thursday, July 29th 2021, FSD Kenya made oral submissions to the Parliamentary Committee reviewing the Landlord and Tenant Bill 2021.
The session was chaired by MP for Pokot South, Hon. David Pkosing, and attended by high-level delegates from several public agencies including the State Department of Housing which drove the bill formulation (Principal Secretary Charles Hinga and Housing Secretary Mr. Patrick Bucha), State Department of Trade and Enterprise Development (PS Ambassador Weru), Residential Rent Restriction Tribunal (Chair Mr. Hilary Korir and Vice-Chair Ms. Beatrice Mathenge), and Business Premises Tribunal (Chair Mr. Cyprian Mugambi) and National Gender & Equality Commission members.
FSD noted several improvements and attempts to modernise the regulatory framework relative to the current statutes which are set to be repealed. This Bill is extremely important as 82% of Kenyans in urban areas lived in rented dwellings.
FSD Kenya’s key suggestions for assisting the bill meet its intended result include:
FSD Kenya also emphasised measures that could have far-reaching financial inclusion outcomes, based on the making markets work for the poor framework. These are worthy of inclusion in the appropriate legislative framework and include:
FSD reaffirmed its commitment to support policymakers and the public to create an enabling legislative framework to develop affordable housing markets.
There was very strong attendance from business and public stakeholders in person and on the parallel zoom platform, including ICPAK (Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya), ISK (Institute of Surveyors of Kenya), IQSK (Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya), Licensed Auctioneers of Kenya, KEPSA (Kenya Private Sector Alliance) among others.