Accommodation in Kenya: scams you should look out for

Hi,

Committing to renting or buying accommodation when you’re new to or have not moved to Kenya just yet is always a stressful endeavour. Would you like to help us in putting together a handbook of what to look out for when house hunting in Kenya?

What are the most common scams in Kenya?

What are the red flags to look out for when scanning through adverts?

Is there a list of registered or accredited landlords or real estate agencies in Kenya?

What authorities should be sought should one come across an accommodation scam?

Please share your experience,

Bhavna

Hi
Bhavna,

i am In kenya almost last 3 years , i am more than happy to share my experience there ,
i live in Nairobi so i can tell you about Nairobi city . let's take your questions one by one .

nairobi is a beautiful city for living . very friendly people % wise .
Looking for renting house there is some agent's

Ojijo road and any gated security society you can consider  as safe .
and rent for 2BHK house or apartment you can get in between 60,000KSA to 1,00,000KSA
but after evening i suggest not to walk alone on road . take a cab there is UBER , Taxify any oher cab service available , you can get lady uber driver as well .
and mostly they are very good in in english speaking and very gentle .

carjacking ,mobile snitching , and robbery is common incident around the city .
but good news is it's reducing day by day .
thank god those thing never happened to me .

you can get many many Indian those are born and brought up  there as well as business and service person with their family's like me .

cost of living is lesser than mombasa . or any other country .
but medical cost is very high , you have to consider that .

i hope i give  some light in Kenya life
if there is anything you need to know you free to ask me .

Thank you
Raj Das

Hi Raj Das,

Thank you for this informative post about life in Kenya. If you have more advises about the initial topic please do not hesitate to share them here.

Best,
Christine
Expat.com team

When looking for a place to rent (House or Apartment), I would suggest you visit places you would like to live, ask the security if there is a house, and in most cases if they assess you as likable/ look like their tenants they may direct you to the caretaker, or even a landlord. Avoid advertisements, most are brokers who insist on you paying a deposit before they show you a house. Some will rush you to commit a deposit. Don't be in a hurry. Riara road behind Junction Mall is a great place to start.

Kiarie

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