The need for homes is seeing a growing number of investors putting their money in real estate. Why? Because apart from shelter being a basic need, it’s one of the most desirable achievements to have in life. This is more profound now as we face the Covid-19 pandemic where majority are enjoying being in their own homes.

But how do you determine where to invest?

We share with you the difference between Leasehold and freehold, based on feedback from our database of frequent asked questions FAQs. Kenya has various categories of land and the tenure system, but only two will form our subject today.

This will help us understand the types of land ownership options available for you. The Land tenure is the act, right or period of holding land. There are two types of land tenure system in Kenya freehold and leasehold.


  • It is the greatest interest a person can have on land as it gives the holder absolute ownership of the land for life.
  • Descendants can succeed the owner for as long as the family lineage exists.
  • The title deed generally has no restrictions as to the use or occupation.
  • A freehold interest is also known as absolute proprietorship. It is common in Agriculture lands. It’s advisable to change it to freehold when converting land use to commercial or residential purposes. In the past, this was not enforced by with the county government in place, as is the case now
  • Optiven Limited portfolio has Victory Gardens in Kitengela, falling in the freehold category.


Leases are granted by the Government for either

  • Public land,
  • Local authority for trust land
  • Individuals with freeholds ( When you change to commercial or residential purposes)

The maximum term of government leases is mainly for agricultural land and urban plots. It is also common to find leases in respect to urban trust land.  Note For Very technical Explanations we recommend you consult a legal expert

To invest in either leasehold or freehold, talk to us today

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