There is an acute shortage of decent housing in Kenya and the rate at which the country’s population is skyrocketing, there is a reason to worry unless something is done.
What most Kenyans don’t know is that the right to adequate housing is a human right that is recognized by both international and regional instruments as well as the laws of Kenya.
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has a right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, and housing.
The Constitution of Kenya of 2010, Article 43 (b) gives and insists on the right to accessible and adequate housing. In fact, Article 21 states that the state shall take legislative, policy and other measures including setting standards to achieve the progressive realization of the rights guaranteed under Article 43.
In 2018, after being sworn into office for the second and last term, President Uhuru Kenyatta outlined plans by his government to construct 500,000 affordable houses for Kenyans. The houses are expected to be constructed between 2018 and 2022.
It is true that the Constitution dictates that Kenyans have the right to adequate and affordable housing but I feel that the future for Kenya’s decent housing lies in the hands of housing, real estate, and construction companies.
The real estate sector has been on the rise in Kenya with such companies as HF Group being on the forefront that those investing in the sector get worth the return of what they are investing.
“Kenyans need houses but we cannot just depend on the government. I think such housing and real estate companies that have been in the business as long as I can remember like HF Group, should devise ways to construct houses that will not be affordable for a certain class of people but across the board,” said John Kimani Ngunjiri, a homeowner in Thika Town, Kiambu County.
According to a report released by Hass Residential Price Index, semi-detached Homes are Kenya’s most sought-after properties. “There is a sustained demand for semi-detached housing, against a generally sluggish property market in the year 2017,” said Hass.
HF Group also believes that there is the need for affordable housing in Kenya. HF Group’s sentiments were supported by Cytonn Investments who said that the real estate sector is set to recover in 2018 due to high housing demand, improved infrastructure and the expanding middle class in Kenya.