Nairobi waives interests, penalties on land rates for a month

Nairobi waives interests, penalties on land rates for a month

The County Government of Nairobi has granted waivers on outstanding penalties and interests to all land rates defaulters.

In Coordination with Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), the county approved a 100 percent waiver on outstanding penalties for those who will pay for all outstanding principal arrears between October 1 and 31.

“To take advantage of the waiver, billing and payment for the amount due will be undertaken through the Nairobi Revenue System,” the notice read on Thursday.

To access the waiver, ratepayers are required to create an NRS account.

Once the account has been created, ratepayers should send their LR Number or a copy of their latest land rates payment receipt and ID copy to landrateswaiver@kra.go.ke or call 0709014747 to provide the same details to get an NRS waiver bill.

Alternatively, ratepayers can visit KRA officers at Times Tower Ground Floor banking hall, waiver customer care desk at the Sunken Parking and NMS Customer Care Desk at Green Park Bus Terminus.

They have to go with the documents to be assisted in both account creation and billing for the waiver.

“All payments shall be made through Cooperative, Equity and mobile money banking. You should quote the NRS Bill number as your payment number,” the notice read.

After paying,  your land rates account is automatically updated and you can update your receipt by logging into your account.

“There shall therefore be no requirement to go to city hall or sub county offices for receipting,” the county said.

“At the end of the waiver, enforcement measures shall be initiated against defaulters for recovery of the principal, interest and penalties of accrued land rates.”

Early in the week, a bill by National Treasury sought to provide a uniform law to be used by the regional administrations for a better collection of land rates.

County governments could soon be handed powers to collect rent from tenants and occupiers of land whose owners default in payment of rates.

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