Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical requirements to sign a lease are:

• Valid passport
• Proof of funds
• Work permit

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 2 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after completion of inventory, inspection of outstanding refurbishments, and cleaning.

Outstanding payments for utilities and repairs will be deducted if necessary. Properties are supposed to be redecorated (walls painted and wood work tended to) before departure.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies may collect rental commission. The amount varies by agent.

Payment of Rental Commission

The agent’s rental commission is typically paid by the tenant.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfers are the preferred method of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical school fees include:

• Registration fee
• Annual Capital Levy
• Tuition

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfers are the preferred method of payment.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


A foreign license is valid for 90 days upon entering Kenya, after which it is necessary to apply for a Kenyan license. Documents required may include:

• 2 passport sized photos
• Valid passport (original and a photocopy)
• Valid work permit (original and a photocopy)
• If no work permit, a student pass and student ID are required (original and a photocopy)
• Completed application form

Additional Notes

Driving is conducted on the left side of the road. It is quite common for expats to employ a driver, at least until they become familiar with the city and how local people drive.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Completed application form
• Original identification papers
• Valid passport
• Copy of work permit.
• PIN Number (your registered tax number)
• Proof of residence
• Fix deposit

Time Required

Typically, opening a bank account can be completed same day. Cheque books and bank cards may take more time to arrive.

Additional Notes