Step by Step Procedure on How to Conduct Title Deed Search in Kenya 2021

Title deed search is the process of retrieving documents showing events in the history of a piece of property to determine details and regulations concerning it.

The Ministry of Lands provides a platform where potential buyers can conduct title deed search before they make a commitment to purchase a property.

While many view this exercise as tedious, lengthy and time consuming, it is a short and precise procedure that equips you with solid details of the current owners of the property you are interested in purchasing.

There are two main methods of conducting title deed search in Kenya.

 

  1. Manual title deed search - This type of search is conducted physically at the Lands Registry.
  2. Online title deed search – This search is conducted online. This has been made possible by digitization of land records, however this is only available in Nairobi County and will soon be rolled out to other counties. The launch of Ardhi sasa Platform by Ministry of Land will also allow online title deed search.

 

Documents required during a title deed search

  1. A copy of the title deed you are conducting search on
  2. A copy of your KRA Pin Certificate
  3. Your contact details i.e. phone number, postal address and email address.
  4. Copy of your Identity Card

 

Key steps when perform an online title deed search;

  1. Log into the e-Citizen platform and create an account
  2. Navigate to the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning and select the land search option
  3. Input the title number of the property under search and complete the online land search form
  4. Confirm that all the details are correct before submitting the form
  5. Select your preferred payment option, which can either be through M-Pesa, Credit card or a Debit card.
  6. Once the payment is successful, proceed to print the search results

How much does a title deed search cost in Kenya?

 

A land search costs Ksh 500.