We're Going Zimbabwe Way: Nairobi Commercial Landlords Now Demand Payments In US $$$

[SIZE=7]Why Landlords Demand for Rent in US Dollars Will Force Tenants to Pay more- Report[/SIZE]
[li]By GEOFFREY LUTTA on 22 February 2023 - 5:08 pm[/li]
An image of rental apartments in Ngara, Nairobi.
Tenants occupying various commercial spaces in Westlands, Kilimani, and Karen would be forced to pay more due to landlords’ demand for rent in US dollars.

According to Cytonn 2023 Market Outlook, Nairobi business people and companies occupying retail office spaces would be subjected to a 1.5 per cent rent increase.

Explaining the increase, Cytonn, a real estate company, attributed the sharp rise to the weakening effect of the Kenyan shilling against US dollar.

A statement showing the Landlord-Tenant Law.

“Most prime retail spaces in Kilimani, Karen and Westlands fetching rents in dollars will continue to increase upon conversion to Kenyan shilling due to the ongoing depreciating Kenyan shilling against the dollar,” the report read in part.

According to forex experts, the Kenya shilling lost approximately 25 percent of its value against the US dollar in 2020, falling from Ksh99 to Ksh124…Forex traders further attributed the shilling weakening to increased dollar demand from oil retailing companies and general goods importers.

With the Kenyan shilling uncertainty, developers and landlords in retail space started collecting rent in dollars to protect their businesses from losses.

Besides the weakening Kenyan shilling against the US dollar, Cytonn’s report noted that the improved business environment was key to compelling landlords to increase rent by 1.5 percent.

Despite the increase, the report noted that landlords would reap due to increased occupancy.
“We expect the occupancy rates to improve slightly by 0.9 percent points mainly attributed to the resumption of working from office policies by most companies and reduced developments expected to enter the market in 2023,” the report read in part…This we expect will boost absorption rates, potentially increasing occupancy rates," it added.

GTC building along the Waiyaki Way, it is ranked as the second tallest building

With the real estate recovering from the effects of the pandemic, Cytonn indicated that investors would move to lower satellite towns in Nairobi to set up more detached houses due to affordable land prices.


Hasora tawara kabisa.

Owing to the lack of US dollars, it has been challenging for manufacturers and importers of general items to fulfill their responsibilities. Following the eventual shortage of dollars and a rush to protect reserves, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) ordered commercial banks to restrict the number of dollars they give out.
Many currency merchants and importers claim that banks have placed a daily limit on dollar purchases of as little as $5,000 because businesses are finding it difficult to get enough foreign currency to meet their supply needs. Due to the shortage, industrialists are now compelled to look for dollars daily and from many lenders to meet their monthly hard currency demands. This makes it more difficult for them to maintain good supplier relationships and bargain for favorable rates in spot markets.