Rent Tribunal needs to educate Kenyan tenants on their rights

This tenant was evicted from a house in Nairobi over rent arrears

The NGO council of Kenya is urging the Kenya Rent Tribunal to educate wananchi on why Landlords must pay taxes to KRA and give ETR compliant receipts in return.

The council said the tribunal should hold public barazas countrywide to educate wananchi on their rights as tenants especially during the harsh economic times brought about by the Covid -19 pandemic.

Mr Cheboi said it is wrong for Landlords to pretend that “all is well” and “business as usual” adding that the council had received disturbing reports of families with small children sleeping out in the cold after being evicted by “heartless landlords”

In a press statement, council chairman Mr Stephen Cheboi lashed out at “greedy” landlords who had refused to appreciate that due to job losses and reduced work hours during this difficult period and imposed night curfew most income earners are unable to cope like before and need some degree of cushioning from Landlords.

Instead, Cheboi lamented, Landlords are busy evicting people with rent distress, and selling off their household in complete disregard of how people have been affected,  wondering which “world do Landlords live in” when they evict even small children to spend nights in the cold.

NGO Council of Kenya chairman Mr Stephen Cheboi

Why are they unable to appreciate that life has changed for the worst and they should appreciate the harsh reality facing most Kenyans whose income has been eroded by the disease.

Mr Cheboi said it is wrong for Landlords to pretend that “all is well” and “business as usual” adding that the council had received disturbing reports of families with small children sleeping out in the cold after being evicted by “heartless landlords.”

“This breed called landlords will soon become an endangered and hated species” warned Cheboi who said they risk a popular uprising from angry wananchi.

Cheboi accused the Kenya Rent Tribunal of either “sleeping on the job” or ‘being compromised into impotent silence” as it had failed to guide the public on fair and affordable rents to be charged as the authority has clear guidelines on this including rights of tenants facing distress over delayed rent or arrears.

Some tenants fork out a lot of money for small cubicles, while the rent tribunal does nothing only drawing monthly salary laughing all the way to the bank. Cheboi said “rogue landlords” have been left free to torment tenants as if there is no government or regulatory authority to help wananchi warning that the ‘tyranny of landlords” could easily trigger a public revolt against property owners in K

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