The Kenya National Housing Survey (KNHS) was carried out in 2012/2013 in 44 Counties of the Republic of Kenya.
It was undertaken through the NASSEP (V) sampling frame. The survey targeted different players in the housing sector including renters and owner occupiers, housing financiers, home builders/developers, housing regulators and housing professionals. The key objective for the survey was to improve the base of housing statistics and information knowledge. Some of the key findings include;
• Renting households spend more than 30% of their income on rent monthly. This percentage increases to 47% when housing related utilities are included.
• Over 90% of the financial institutions interviewed indicated that they did not have specific products geared towards savings for mortgage.
• Average banks mortgage interest rates in December 2010 and December 2011 stood at 14.36 per cent and 16.36 per cent respectively
• Housing developers quoted, access to affordable land (45.9%), high returns on investment (43.7%), and prospective future returns on investment (41.4%) as the key factors in determining where to develop.
Based on the survey findings, a one stop shop system is proposed where all approving bodies will sit together to analyze development applications received and give feedback on the applications within a reasonable time.
The survey collected massive data on various aspects of housing which was not analyzed for this basic report; we therefore recommend that the government prepares analytical reports from this data. This will provide useful information to both public and private sectors players in the housing sector.
This report is structured into eight chapters. Chapter one provides the background of the 2012/2013 KNHS.
Chapter two presents the survey methodology while chapter three summarizes the findings of the renters and owner occupier characteristics.
Chapter four gives information of the built environment professionals and selected aspects of housing. Chapter five presents details on financing of housing development;
Chapter six is on housing developers for selected aspects of housing;
Chapter seven is on institutional and regulatory framework while chapter eight gives the key survey findings, conclusion and recommendations. Download report…