NAIROBI– Kenya is considering putting in place a series of legal and regulatory reforms that will boost the supply of affordable houses in the country, officials said on Wednesday.
Patrick Bucha, housing secretary at the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, told journalists in Nairobi that there are a lot of existing laws that impede the implementation of affording housing schemes.
“One of the laws earmarked for reforms include the Building Code which has stringent rules that don’t allow for use of alternative building materials that have been adopted in other countries,” said Bucha during the opening ceremony of a training program for property developers and contractors that was organized by Pan-African housing financier Shelter Afrique.
Bucha said that the Building Code has already being developed and will soon be presented to Cabinet for approval.
He added that the Sectional Properties Act will also be reviewed to ensure that apartment owners in high rise complexes can acquire appropriate ownership documents.
The official revealed that zoning laws that restricted development of affordable houses in certain areas will also be reformed so that the government can achieve its goal of developing at least 500,000 affordable houses by the end of 2022.