Nairobi City Hall cracks the whip on defaulting developers

At least 50,000 commercial and residential buildings in Nairobi county risk demolition for being put up without requisite approvals, in a new push targeted at growing revenue from land rates.

City Hall has given the developers of the illegally built houses six months to acquire construction permits or have them pulled down.

This follows the signing into the law of the Nairobi City County Regularisation of Development Bill, 2015, by Governor Evans Kidero. The Bill was passed by the County Assembly three weeks ago.

The new law gives the developers of the irregularly constructed buildings – those built without approval from the City Hall – up to February next year to get the permits.

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