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As Kenya’s trusted property website, BuyRentKenya connects agents and developers with buyers and renters conveniently online.
 
We help our users find their new home, in our range of Kenyan properties for sale by owner or by qualified real estate agents. We also help sell or rent your property. Advertising your property on BuyRentKenya is fast, safe and offers value for money. We are the perfect partner for real estate agents and developers. BuyRentKenya offers property advertising solutions. Grow your business with a dedicated website to showcase your property, with an integrated CRM tool to manage your customer interactions. Contact us today.
 
BuyRentKenya values the safety for both buyers and sellers. We carry out automated checks to help us identify fraudulent users. Furthermore, we ensure that every listing is thoroughly reviewed by our team and passes our high quality standards.
 

TYPES OF SCAMS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

  1. Too good to be true scam - If you find a house that you absolutely love with all the right features but somehow the property is cheap then you should think twice. If you come across a listing ad which looks close to perfect, there’s probably something wrong with it.

  2. The empty house scam - If you are not careful, this scam can catch you off guard. This type of con artist will look for listings of an empty house then will duplicate it and put his contact information. Some can go to the extent of making separate keys to show you the house and make it the whole scam more believable. The owner of the house might not know that a scam is taking place until someone brings it to his attention or until he visits the property.

  3. The landlord scam - You find a house that you love. Then speak to the “landlord/caretaker” who gives you all the details but they don’t want to meet you in person for further talks. This is a major red flag. Or they’ll keep lying to you that they’re out of town. There is no reason why someone can’t avail themselves if they genuinely want to rent out or sell the property. If you keep reaching out and you the landlord is too busy for you, do yourself a favor and continue your search.

  4. The tenant scam - This is a tricky one because it’s hard to suspect anything. You find a house, visit the place and meet someone who shows you around and makes you feel welcome. They even give you a fake lease agreement to sign. The current tenant will behave like the landlord who will ask to collect a certain amount of money before as collateral.

  5. The no lease scam - Some scammers will try and get you to pay for rent without signing a lease agreement. If you make a verbal agreement with the landlord, you will end up getting yourself in trouble if anything goes wrong. Plus this is very suspect because most landlords should offer a lease before you move in.

  6. The money scam - This is one of the most common scams that usually occurs. Someone wants you to send them money in exchange for a house you haven’t seen. Because you are anxious to move out for whatever reason, you could find yourself paying this money. And the worst thing is that they are very sleek and tactful when asking you to send them money.

  7. Title deed scam - Never pay any money based on a verbal promise. Involve either a lawyer or a due diligence company and draft a sale agreement that spells out the terms of the transaction.

 

HOW TO AVOID SCAMS

  1. Always visit a place before you rent/buy.

  2. Never pay for what you haven’t seen. Always sign an agreement. Never pay any money based on a verbal promise. Involve either a lawyer or a due diligence company and draft a sale agreement that spells out the terms of the transaction.

  3. Research on the market rates.

  4. Do nut rush to rent/purchase a property.

  5. Conduct due diligence when buying land. Use the title deed to conduct a search at the Ministry of Land offices to determine who the real owner is. The search shows you whether other institutions such as banks also have a claim to the land.  This helps you avoid buying land which the owner has used to acquire a loan, for instance. When conducting the search, take note of the land’s leasehold status. You don’t want to buy land whose lease status is about to expire.

  6. Check land rates payment. Find out how much money the county government claims on a piece of land. Some land owners do not pay yearly land rates, thus accruing hefty penalties.

  7. Get a survey map. Confirming that a piece of land actually exists on the area’s survey map is even more important than conducting a title search. This is because while fraudsters easily forge title search results, survey maps are hard to tamper with.

  8. Trust your gut feeling. One’s gut feeling is almost always right.