Several areas in and around Nairobi have seen rental prices skyrocket in 2020, with some seeing a doubling of despite the pandemic.
TBEN.co.ke analyzed the Hass Rental Index reports from 5 years ago which paint a picture of a sharp increase in rents.
The Hass Rental Index is used to measure changes in the asking prices of residential rentals across Kenya and serves as an indicator of trends. It covers over 320 suburbs and cities in Kenya
Housing has been one of Kenya’s fastest growing sectors over the past decade, fueled by high demand and yields.
A block of flats in Nairobi.
Rental prices in the city have almost tripled since 2011.
“The annual increase in rental prices in all properties of 5.5% over the year was strongly led by the 7.3 increase in rental prices for single-family homes in 2020”, indicates in part the index of Hass rental in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Ongata Rongai saw the largest increase (3.4%) in rental prices in the last three months of 2020.
A 2 bedroom apartment in this area currently charges an average monthly rent of Ksh20,000.
In 2019, Ongata Rongai also saw the largest increase in rental prices (8.1%).
Notably, in 2019, Ngong was the city that saw the largest increase (18.6%) in rental prices. A one bedroom house in the area currently costs on average Ksh 14,000 per month.
The increase in demand for houses in Nairobi’s satellite towns has been directly linked to the surge in rental prices.
In 2016, the Hass Rental Index revealed that Nairobi neighborhoods such as Lang’ata saw the largest increase (12.6%) in rental prices.
However, reports detail a common trend over the past 3 years involving TBEN leaving the capital in droves.
Many Nairobi residents are moving away from rented houses in townsites in favor of cheaper houses in the suburbs as the cost of living skyrockets.
The Nairobians have now moved to satellite towns like Ngong, Kitengela, Rongai, Ruai and Ruiru, which have also not been spared from rising rents due to the influx of new customers.
A one-bedroom apartment in Ruaka currently averages Ksh 23,000 in monthly rent, a figure that is almost double what it was before 2016.
The leafy suburbs of the Kenyan capital have also seen an increase in rents with a furnished one bedroom apartment in Riverside, Westlands, from Ksh 130,000 to Ksh 150,000 per month.
In Kileleshwa, a 2 bedroom apartment charges between Ksh80,000 and Ksh100,000 per month
Under Kenyan law, building owners can raise rent above the cost of living if they make the necessary improvements to homes and office buildings.
The government-backed Landlord and Tenant Bill 2021 proposes that rent increases not exceed the average annual inflation rate for the previous year.
Under the bill, the state seeks to control rental prices for both commercial and residential properties.
“The bill aims to introduce a legal framework that balances the interests of landlords and tenants in a free market economy by ensuring that landlords derive a reasonable income from their investment in housing and also protects the tenant,” we read in an article of the bill tabled in Parliament. by the majority leader of the National Assembly, Amos Kimunya.
In the proposed bill, building owners will be allowed to increase the rent once a year for residential houses and once every two years for commercial premises, which will reduce the cost of doing business.
The majority leader in the National Assembly, Amos Kimunya, in Parliament on July 14, 2020.