We need to talk about the absurd prices of rent in Nairobi

Do you think rent is too high in most places in Nairobi?

  • Yes

    Votes: 50 89.3%
  • No

    Votes: 6 10.7%

  • Total voters
    56

Bigfish1

Village Elder
#41
We just have too many problems as a country, all interconnected like a big maze.
1. Poor planning by ,government and county governments .
There is no laid down plan on the expansion of the city, we had one but corruption brought it down. Nowadays even though the infrastructure was to be improved for people to leave out of the city, the same problem will persist as wherever you go , private developers have built their funny looking structures.
2. City inspectors , architects , engineers and planners don' do their job. How are these houses passed for appproval and given go ahead to build and eventually completed?
3.developers have no common sense when building they just build to get rent.
Whichever way you look at it government has failed massively in creating the right environment for any kind of order in the building sector .
We once told a guy who wanted to build plotis on this forum to change his mindset and do some descent accommdation.
Guess it's just being Kenyan, we want to compare ourselves to developed countries when it' convenient.
 

Bigfish1

Village Elder
#42
Not really though in my house hunt i came across such houses.many of them indeed.I also not that the exit rate from the houses is high.There will always be a vacant house in such apartments
I once went to imara back in the day ,probably 10 years ago, and saw some houses with tiny rooms that couldn' fit a descent bed. This was a shock for me having lived in houses built in the pre corruption era. I was so confused , didn' understand how the houses even got approved.
 
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Philip J. Fry

Guest
#43
Nina beshte anaishi 3 bedroom ya 50k Ruaka. The same amount will get you a whole townhouse, 3 bedroom with SQ somewhere in Ruiru and Juja. You might even get one with a basement. Own compound hata you can grill your meat huko nyuma na ni gated estate. Better still, if we both work in town, tutafika same time juu route yake INA jam haziishi. Some people will even pay 50k to live in an SQ somewhere in Lavington. They are okay living in a kennel as long as anaambia watu anaishi Lavington
Some people wanapenda kuonekana wanaishi Nairobi.Unauliza mtu why pay so much money for rent in Eastlands why not move.Most will say transport is 24 hours and when you ask him/her when was last you arrived late anasema never.
Kenyans have peculiar habits.
 
#44
Some people wanapenda kuonekana wanaishi Nairobi.Unauliza mtu why pay so much money for rent in Eastlands why not move.Most will say transport is 24 hours and when you ask him/her when was last you arrived late anasema never.
Kenyans have peculiar habits.
True. I have a friend who is earning enough to upgrade from the bedsitter she's been living in since she was in college. She can't move because she's used to it and its convenient for her and its now over 6 years since she graduated.
 

girlciki93

Village Elder
#45
This is how people fail exams. The thread is about the unreasonable rent prices in Nairobi and how to solve the problem. Not to help the poor access cheap quality housing. Those are two distinct objectives.
But unreasonable rent is a problem of poverty. It is poor people who can't afford and the floating middle class.
Have you seen expats (as they call them) question rent prices?
 
#46
I looked at small details such as the handles on the door and the paint. Most houses have ugly colours - lime green, pink and purple all in one room- and the tiles are so ugly.

I wonder whether the landlord picked colours, tiles with their eyes closed. Ama its just that most people have no taste.

The agent told me that he has never met anyone that particular about a house. I found this amusing. He added that most Kenyans don't care about such details.

Now wonder houses are so fucking ugly inside. People will pay for such.
 

254_Jaeger

Village Elder
#47
Most houses have ugly colours - lime green, pink and purple all in one room- and the tiles are so ugly.

Now wonder houses are so fucking ugly inside. People will pay for such.
I've never understood why whoever picks those colors does so, some people just have crap taste. White walls, white ceiling and neutral color tiles, not these Kaleidoscope color schemes and tile patterns that are the norm these days i.e
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254_Jaeger

Village Elder
#50
2. City inspectors , architects , engineers and planners don' do their job. How are these houses passed for appproval and given go ahead to build and eventually completed?
I really wonder about this, but the answer is corruption, to get approvals, palms are greased and next thing you know someone is building a structure that can only be described a s a shitstain in the Nairobi skyline.
Buildings so close to each other unaweza kuwatch tv ya neighbour ukiwa kwako, floor plans so bizarre you can take a shit with a clear view of the living room and bedroom...
 
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254_Jaeger

Village Elder
#51
Try building a house then you can complain of high rent. Actually the rate of return compared to the capital investment is very low. The only upside is it’s a very secure investment
So you're saying it's justified for us to have shit flats at these absurd prices?
 

ranny

Village Elder
#52
So you're saying it's justified for us to have shit flats at these absurd prices?
No. Am saying government should regulate quality but leave prices to the market. If it wasn’t so costly to build, then lots of people would build and prices would go down. Landlords also want a return, they are not a charitable org.
 
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Yunomi

Guest
#53
Try building a house then you can complain of high rent. Actually the rate of return compared to the capital investment is very low. The only upside is it’s a very secure investment
They have rent to own apartments in mlolongo area. GreatWall Gardens apartments by Erdermann Group. It's better than renting and never getting to own
 

Bigfish1

Village Elder
#54
I really wonder about this, but the answer is corruption, to get approvals, pals are greased and next thing you know someone is building a structure that can only be described a s a shitstain in the Nairobi skyline.
Buildings so close to each other unaweza kuwatch tv ya neighbour ukiwa kwako, floor plans so bizarre you can take a shit with a clear view of the living room and bedroom...
Like someone mentioned kenyan developers are mostly idiots, they don't care or even have a bit of decency in them . Had the planners and inspectors had some professionalism in them we would have tamed the rogue developers.
 
#55
That's a great idea, adds on what @shocks said, this is the informative information I was looking for.
With all this cheap land available on the outskirts of the county, the government can itself purchase land and build, or offer incentives for people to go and purchase land and build low cost housing by e.g offering low interest loans to them
just look at the acres and acres of idle kanju land in the city,cant they build storey buildings in the empty spaces
 

omhangla

Village Elder
#59
Na bado...kenya’s population is out of control which puts pressure on housing availability thereby skyrocketing rent costs. The government can’t put price controls because we are not a communist country. Now imagine with the open border policy how things will get. I have a cousin who was constructing houses in ruiru , one evening some guy and his wife approached him. They were Egyptians looking to rent his incomplete apartments and eventually become Kenyans with name change kila kitu. They had fallen in love with Kenya and vowed never to return to Egypt. Before my cousin was done building his (basic) high rise apartments they were already half booked by interested tenants.
My colleague, based in our US HQ requested for a six month transfer in January to work in our Nairobi office to support our African operations. In the US, he was paying $2700 for a crampy studio. After 6 months, the guy had really fallen in love with Kenya and was paying only 100k for a fully furnished one bedroom in Lavington. So instead of going back to the US, he resigned and currently working for us as a consultant on top other numerous consultations he has managed to get. He has vowed never to go back to the US, unless visiting
 

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