Over 650 houses in Kenya declared unfit for human occupation

The audit has yet again shed light on the poor safety standards of Kenya's booming real estate sector

Nairobi city's Huruma estate topped the list of areas with dangerous buildings, having been found to have 388 such structures. It is followed by Thika Road’s 85 and Pipeline’s 65.

Also on the list of city estates with faulty buildings include Babadogo (38), Dagoretti (16), Umoja (18), Nairobi West (9) and South B (5).

The majority of the 4,879 buildings that were inspected and found to be structurally unsound are in Nairobi, Kisii, Kitui and Athi River.

The audits were conducted by the Buildings Inspectorate in high-risk towns, including Mombasa, Kisii and Kisumu following a recent upsurge in the collapse of buildings.

The secretary of Buildings Inspectorate, Moses Nyakiongora, said the identified buildings need to be demolished.

The audit shows 826 buildings are unsafe and require some repairs before being declared safe for human occupation.

Some of the defects flagged in the buildings include structural weakness, uneven staircases, poor ventilation, poor workmanship and lack of professional supervision.

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