Tenants Arrested in Nairobi After Refusing to Pay Rent & Threatening Caretaker

Pipeline Estate In Nairobi.
A photo of Pipeline Estate in Embakasi Nairobi.

UPDATE: Kabete OCPD George Seda spoke to Kenyans.co.ke on May 6, stating that he could not comment on the particular notice.

He further accused those behind the online circulation of the notice of 'seeking sympathy with the media'.

"I can't comment on the particular notice but what I can say is people should not seek sympathy with the media. No one has visited my office and due process is being followed," he asserted.

A storm is brewing in Kabete, Nairobi after tenants at an apartment building clashed with the caretaker over rent arrears, leading to arrests, eviction notices and a pending court case.

An eviction notice from property management company Mark and Jedy seen by Kenyans.co.ke on May 6 informed a tenant that he would have to vacate by May 31, accusing him of threatening to kill a caretaker, inciting fellow tenants and failing to pay rent.

Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke on May 6, a representative of Mark and Jedy claimed that, towards the end of April, a group of tenants had refused to pay rent and even came to their offices to threaten them.

He disclosed that they engaged officers from Kabete Police Station who took action and arrested some of the tenants, with a case pending in court.

Nairobi residents walking to work due to increased cost of transport within the city.
Nairobi residents walking to work due to the increased cost of transport within the city.

He further revealed that they had issued a number of tenants with eviction notices following the incident, asserting that the widely circulated notice was genuine.

"It's something I saw because I was in the office when they came. They were very loud and physical, and they were threatening everyone and insisting that they will not pay rent.

"We called in officers from Kabete Police Station and some of them were arrested. In fact, there's a pending case in court and we are awaiting directions.

"Others we gave them eviction notices, we expect them to leave by May 31. So the letter you have seen is genuine, it's true what is written," he stated.

Kabete OCPD George Seda was yet to respond to queries made by Kenyans.co.ke by the time of publication.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, many Kenyans have been struggling to fulfill their obligations to landlords across the country.

Cases of landlords evicting tenants over rent arrears have become headline news, with many calling for authorities to impose measures to protect both tenants and landlords feeling the economic pinch.

On April 1, the Landlords and Tenants Association of Kenya (LATAK) called for a rent waiver of three months to be declared.

They also called for a debt moratorium of six months to be placed on loans taken by landlords to finance their real estate projects.

The proposals were informed by the fact that many people had lost dependable sources of income during the pandemic.

An eviction notice seen by Kenyans.co.ke on May 6, 2020
An eviction notice seen by Kenyans.co.ke on May 6, 2020
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