Conversion of Old Land Reference Numbers to new Parcel Numbers

  1. Introduction

On 31st December 2020, the Cabinet Secretary for Lands and Physical Planning, Ms. Farida Karoney published Gazette Notice No. 11348 of 2020 (“the Notice”) notifying the general public of the conversion of specific old land registration numbers to new parcel numbers. The Notice outlines the old registration numbers and the new parcel numbers. It also categorises the listed parcels of land under newly established land registration units, bearing various block numbers.

  1. Legality of the Notice

The Notice is premised on the provisions of Land Registration (Registration Units) Order of 2017 (“the Regulations”) promulgated under Section 6 of the Land Registration Act, 2012 (“the Act”)Section 6 of the Act empowers the Cabinet Secretary to constitute an area as a land registration unit, as well as vary the unit’s limits at any time.

Under Regulation 4 of the Regulations, the office responsible for land survey is mandated to prepare cadastral maps together with a conversion list for existing titles issued under the repealed land Acts. Thereafter, the cadastral maps and conversion list are presented to the Registrar, who forwards them to the Cabinet Secretary for publication in the Kenya Gazette and two (2) national dailies within thirty (30) days of receipt. The Cabinet Secretary is required to specify in the publication, a date not exceeding four (4) months when new land registration units are to take effect.

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This alert is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice. If you have any queries or need clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact Pamella Ager – Partner, James Kituku – Senior Associate, or your usual contact at our firm, for legal advice relating to the Gazette Notice and the conversion process and how the same might affect you.