Establishment and jurisdiction of the Rent Tribunal.


  • Establishment: it is established by section 4 (1) of the Rent Restriction Act, Cap 296.
  • Composition: it consists of a chairman appointed by the minister. To qualify for appointment as chairman, one must be an advocate of not less than 5 years standing.
  • Jurisdiction: It exercises original jurisdiction in civil cases between landlord and tenants of residential premises whose monthly rent does not exceed Ksh. 2500.

The rent tribunal has jurisdiction to:

  • Assess the standard rent of any premises on application or at its instance.
  • Determine the date from which such rent is payable
  • Apportion service charge between tenants if a tenancy is shared.
  • Permit the levy of distress for rent.
  • Decisions of the tribunal may be appealed against in the High Court.

jurisdiction of the Rent Tribunal.

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