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LAWS OF KENYA MORTGAGES (SPECIAL PROVISIONS) ACT CHAPTER 304 Revised Edition 2012 [1970] Published by the National Council for Law Reporting with the Authority of the Attorney-General www.kenyalaw.org [Rev.

2012] CAP.

304 Mortgages (Special Provisions) CHAPTER 304 MORTGAGES (SPECIAL PROVISIONS) ACT ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS Section 1.

Short title.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Suit for possession of mortgaged property.

4.

Affidavit in response to summons and affidavit in reply.

5.

Decree for possession.

6.

Procedure.

7.

Saving for other laws.

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2012] CAP.

304 Mortgages (Special Provisions) CHAPTER 304 MORTGAGES (SPECIAL PROVISIONS) ACT [Date of assent: 26th June, 1968.] [Date of commencement: 28th June, 1968.] An Act of Parliament to enable mortgage finance companies to obtain possession more easily of property in respect of which they are able as mortgagees to exercise their power of sale or appoint receivers [Act No.

40 of 1968, Act No.

4 of 1999.] 1.

Short title This Act may be cited as the Mortgages (Special Provisions) Act.

2.

Interpretation In this Act a company means a mortgage finance company within the meaning of the Banking Act (Cap.

488); approved tenant means a tenant holding under a lease or tenancy agreement entered into at any time with the prior written approval of a company; mortgage includes charge; the specified conditions means the conditions specified in paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d) of section 3(1) of this Act.

[Act No.

4 of 1999, s.

66.] 3.

Suit for possession of mortgaged property (1) Where (a) immovable property is mortgaged to a company (whether mortgaged before or after the commencement of this Act); and (b) the company as mortgagee has power to sell the property by virtue of section 69, or to appoint a receiver of the property by virtue of section 69F, of the Transfer of Property Act, 1882, of India, or to sell the property or appoint a receiver of the income of the property under section 74(2) of the Registered Land Act (Cap.

300); and (c) there has been a breach of some agreement on the part of the mortgagor contained in the mortgage; and (d) the property is in the occupation of the mortgagor or of some other person who is not an approved tenant, the company may institute a suit in the High Court in accordance with this Act for the possession of the property.

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304 [Rev.

2012] Mortgages (Special Provisions) (2) Upon instituting a suit under subsection (1) of this section, the company shall file an affidavit verifying the plaint and testifying that the specified conditions exist in relation to the property and giving full particulars concerning them.

(3) In a suit instituted under subsection (1) of this section, the mortgagor shall be made the defendant, and the summons shall (a) require the defendant, if he believes that all the specified conditions do not exist in relation to the property, to file an affidavit and serve a copy on the company in accordance with section 4(1) of this Act; (b) give notice to the defendant of the companys rights under section 5(1) of this Act; and a copy of the affidavit filed by the company shall be served on the defendant with summons.

(4) Where the person serving the summons and affidavit, after using all due and reasonable diligence, cannot find that defendant, he shall affix the copy of the summons and affidavit on the outer door of the property, and shall return the original to the Court with a statement endorsed on it or annexed to it that he so affixed the copy and of the circumstances in which he did so, and the summons and affidavit shall then be deemed to have been duly served.

(5) The person serving the summons and affidavit shall also leave a copy of the summons and a copy of the affidavit with some person appearing to reside on the property, or, if no such person can be found, affix them on the outer door of the property.

[Act No.

4 of 1999, s.

67.] 4.

Affidavit in response to summons and affidavit in reply (1) Within fourteen days of being served with the summons, the defendant, if he believes that all the specified conditions do not exist in relation to the property, may file an affidavit in response to the summons testifying to such belief and giving full particulars of the reasons why he holds it, and where he does so he shall forthwith serve a copy thereof on the Company.

(2) Within seven days of an affidavit being filed under subsection (1) of this section or a copy thereof being served on the Company (whichever is the later), the Company may file a further affidavit in reply to the defendants affidavit, and where it does so it shall forthwith serve a copy thereof on the defendant.

5.

Decree for possession (1) At any time after the expiration of twenty-one days after the summons has been served on the defendant, the company may apply to the Court for a decree for possession of the mortgaged property, and on such application the Court shall read the affidavits filed and shall pass a decree for possession accordingly, unless it is satisfied on such reading that the specified conditions do not exist, or that there is reasonable doubt whether they exist, in which case the Court shall grant leave to defend, either unconditionally or on such terms as to giving security or time of trial or otherwise as the Court may think fit.

(2) Notice of the application shall be given in writing to the defendant if he filed an affidavit in response to the summons.

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2012] CAP.

304 Mortgages (Special Provisions) (3) A decree for possession passed under subsection (1) of this section shall have the effect of conferring on the company the sole right to possession of the mortgaged property, and, upon its being registered under the law under which the title to the property is registered, it shall have the effect of determining every lease, tenancy agreement and licence to occupy, whether registered or not, which is then subsisting in respect of the property (other than the lease (if any) under which the property is held by the mortgagor): Provided that this subsection shall not apply where the lease, tenancy agreement or licence to occupy is between the person in debt and an approved tenant.

[Act No.

4 of 1999, s.

68.] 6.

Procedure The procedure under this Act shall be governed by the Civil Procedure Act (Cap.

5, 1948) and the rules made thereunder, so far as the Act and rules are not inconsistent with this Act, and the Rules Committee established by section 81 of the Civil Procedure Act may make rules of court to provide for any additional matters of procedure under this Act for which provision may be necessary.

7.

Saving for other laws This Act shall have effect notwithstanding the terms of a lease or tenancy agreement, and notwithstanding any other written law.

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