Real estate property and construction conveyancing


The practice of real estate law involves a varied and often highly complex set of activities centering on sales and acquisitions, title, land use, environmental, development, leasing, finance, joint ventures, restructuring and workouts, and litigation. In today's environment, a full service real estate law firm should be able to offer expertise in the following areas:
RNR has been involved with the leasing, financing, development and transferring of real estate within Kenya Our firm has a highly efficient conveyancing department for both residential and commercial real estate. We understand this area of law extensively and can provide legal services which can assist with the smooth execution and completion of all the processes invlolved. Our firm has handled projects of all sizes for various clients from government to corporation, from charitable institution to private individuals
Whether it is your first home, an investment or part of your business we know how important it is to ensure that things go smoothly when you are acquiring or disposing off real estate. Our lawyers can assist you with all residential and commercial real estate transactions including strata property.
We are experienced in assisting developers, lenders and investors on all aspects of real estate matters, including:
  • Sales and Acquisitions. The representation of buyers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of the various kinds of real estate including office buildings, retail centers, hotels, industrial properties, residential properties and manufactured housing communities.
  • Title. The examination of title to real estate, evaluation of title exceptions, conditions and encumbarances and negotiation of title insurance policies.
  • Land Use and Environmental. Land use entitlements, due diligence investigations, Controlled developments and compliance with Environmental Laws
  • Development. The negotiation and preparation of development and construction agreements and the other documents required to develop and construct office buildings, shopping centers, mixed-use projects, free-standing units and industrial sites.
  • Leasing. The negotiation and preparation of office, retail and industrial leases and long-term ground leases.
  • Finance. The representation of lenders and borrowers in real estate secured loan originations, loan sales and purchases and other debt arrangements, including permanent financings, construction loans, bridge loans, conduit loans, mezzanine loans, shared appreciation loans and portfolios of non-performing loans.
  • Joint Ventures. A very large proportion of real estate transactions involve joint ventures between capital sources and developers. Therefore, a real estate firm must be in position to structure and negotiate partnership agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, shareholder agreements and other forms of joint venture arrangements and advise on the tax aspects of the transactions.
  • Restructuring and Workouts. Not all real estate transactions are successful. our lawyer are in position to advise lenders, borrowers, partners, landlords, tenants and developers when a transaction goes bad. This will involve transactional, bankruptcy, tax and litigation work. It will include loan modifications, foreclosures, deeds in lieu of foreclosure, discounted loan payoffs, loan forbearances, REO sales, joint venture modifications, buy/sells, forced sales, lease and development modifications, bankruptcies, receivership actions and guarantee actions.
  • Litigation. Litigation in the real estate area involves the representations of real estate owners, buyers, sellers, lessors, brokers, lenders, and developers in, among other things, contract disputes, mechanics lien and construction disputes, eminent domain proceedings, title disputes, loan service and foreclosure issues and bankruptcy.
Construction Law
We service a broad range of clients, including owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors, architects, engineers, and material suppliers. As such we have the experience and knowledge to help all parties to any construction project plan and protect themselves and when necessary, litigate or defend themselves.
Construction Planning and Advice
Understanding how important it is to make sure that a project gets completed as smoothly as possible, we can help advise you throughout the project.
From contract preparation, including design build, infrastructure contracts and specialty contracts.
We help our clients select the appropriate contract model for their project and determine whether pricing for execution should be obtained through competitive bidding, requests for proposal or some other means. Once the means of pricing is selected, we assist our clients by drafting the appropriate documents and by giving advice as the pricing process is put in motion.
During the project, we advise on contract interpretation and assist our clients with sound strategy and proactive intervention.
We prepare the contract documentation that our clients need, using standard forms as a platform where possible. We advise on claim avoidance through the design of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
We can recommend to an owner or consultant the type and level of bonds to be called for in a contract. Our lawyers also have experience in taking the appropriate measures where a contractor defaults on a bond to efficiently reduce exposure on the bond. We also advise on claims that should be made against bonds.
Litigation (builders liens and insurance)
For contractors, subcontractors and material men: we prepare and file builders liens, and can do so on expedited basis
For owners and general contractors: we can have liens removed quickly to make sure that financing flows properly.
We can represent you or your company in arbitration and litigation.
We can provide advice regarding adequate insurance coverage and the pursuit of insurance claims, resolution and security realization under builders' liens and surety bonds.