Big news for travellers considering short-term rentals in Kenya! The Kenyan government has recently introduced new security measures to improve safety for guests, particularly women, in furnished apartments, lodgings, and Airbnbs. This comes in response to a rise in femicide cases, prompting President William Ruto’s administration to take action. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Short-term rentals will now require CCTV cameras in all common areas, with footage recorded and stored securely.
  • A register documenting the verified identity of guests entering and exiting the premises, including ID verification and time of entry/exit, will be mandatory.
  • Owners must log all vehicles coming and going from the property.
  • An appropriately registered private security service will provide security.
  • Daily logs will be kept to record any significant incidents or events.

These measures are a positive step towards a safer environment for travellers using short-term rentals in Kenya. Meanwhile, after the Tourism Regulatory Authority released its tax schedule for various tourism businesses, counties have followed suit with their own set!

Mombasa County, for instance, has announced the implementation of a new tax on short-term rentals. The fees for this tax will vary based on the size and classification of the property, ranging from KES25,000 to KES250,000 annually. Introducing this tax has sparked mixed reactions, with some property owners expressing concerns about the potentially high cost.

The new security measures are a positive step towards improving safety for travellers using short-term rentals in Kenya. While the county tax situation is still evolving, these changes could inspire the mushrooming of even more unregulated properties as hosts shy away from the extra cost. On the flip side, hosts may register their properties but increase prices.

Last year, the Authority urged businesses to register their ventures after discovering approximately 40,000 Airbnb hosts were operating in Kenya. However, the agency only has a record of 400 on its registry. What impact will this have on the industry? Join the discussion and share your thoughts below!