Nairobi City County closed down the building housing KCA University on Monrovia Street to recover rate arrears on Wednesday. “In the matter of section 18 of the renting act… notice is hereby that Kalson Properties owes the county government Sh963,339,” read a sign outside the building.
Edin Osman, a business next to the Bazaar along Moi Avenue, was clamped down for owing Sh918,454. Ten other establishments are set for closure Wednesday, officials in charge of the operation said.
The county took over six businesses, including Rayan Hotel and Restaurant on Banda Street, last week. The restaurant was closed down over a debt of Sh999,521, alongside a business on Luthuli Avenue over Sh405,320, and another on Munyu road for Sh371,353.
Officials said the businesses will be handed back to owners once the debts are paid. The tenants will pay rent directly to City Hall until the arrears are cleared, said Deputy head of revenue Shaban Asman. Revenue collection chairman John Ntoita said 25 building owners owe Sh28billion.