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Nairobi County seeks billions in unpaid land rates, lists properties for auction

Nairobi County seeks billions in unpaid land rates, lists properties for auction

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja takes notes during a meeting with bar owners and liquor traders on January 19, 2024. PHOTO | COURTESY

The Nairobi County Government has threatened to auction thousands of land parcels located within the city over non-payment of property rights.

In a 72-page notice released on Friday, the Governor Johnson Sakaja-led administration warned that failure to make land fee payments will result in the auction of the respective land parcels.

“Owners of the following listed properties are advised to ensure that they pay any outstanding land rates owed to the Nairobi City County Government, failing which the properties will be subject to penalty interest and action execution, including auctions by the Nairobi City County Government,” reads part of the news.

The listed lands are situated in several Nairobi constituencies including; Westlands, Starehe, Ruaraka, Roysambu, Mathare, Makadara, Langata, Kasarani, Kibra, Embakasi West, Embakasi South, Embakasi North, Embakasi East, Embakasi Central, Dagoretti South, Dagoretti North.

The arrears claimed by the county government range between Ksh50,000 and Ksh50,000. 31 billion. Some of the defaulters include government entities such as NSSF, embassies and private entities such as Safari Park and Air Tanzania.

According to County Director of Revenue and Administration Wilson Gakuya, if landowners complied, the county would generate more than Sh30 billion annually.

Gakuya further noted that one of the main reasons why land and property owners do not pay their fees is because those properties have disputes in court.

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