# Shocking fact when eighth of an acre is nowhere near that size 1

How many 1/8 Plots are in 1 Acre?

Kenya has two measurement standards – the imperial (feet; acres) and the metric (metres; hectares). Kenyan surveyors do their work in the metric standard. This is why your title deed will indicate the size in hectares (ha).

The so-called eighth of an acre is actually surveyed as 15m by 30m. This makes it exactly 0.045ha. If you convert this to feet, you will get 49ft, 2.55in by 98ft,5.1in. Clearly, ’50×100′ is an approximation – actually an over approximation! Having stated that, given the dimensions in feet e.g 50 by 100, always divide by 10 then multiply by 3 to know the size in meters. e.g 50 feet =(50/100)*3 =5*3=15 meters
If given the size in meters, always multiply by 10 then divide by 3 to determine the size in feet e.g 15 meters= (15*10)/3 = 150/3 = 50 feet

1)For a rectangular plot, 50 by 100 refers to 50 feet by 100 feet which is equivalent to 15 meters by 30 meters and is also equal to 450 square meters. This is what people refer to as 1/8 of an acre though slightly less due to the provision for access road. An acre will therefore give you 8 such plots with an access road. A quarter is double this size (Double the surface area).
2) The plot may not be rectangular, thus always take the surface area of the plot irrespective of the shape of the plot, for instance, an 1/8 will measure approximately 450 square meters (15m by 30m)
3) 1 Hactare=10,000 square meters and 2.5 acres make a hactare
4) 1 acre is equivalent to 0.404Ha, 1/2 acre =0.202 Ha, 1/4 acre=0.101 and an 1/8=0.05Ha. Once an acre is subdivided, the measurements reduce slightly because of the access roads for instance the 1/8=50 by 100 feet=15 by 30 metres =450/10,000 which becomes 0.045Ha
5) When buying land, visit the place, take a tape measure and determine the surface area in Square metres then divide by 10,000 to know whether what is indicated on the title deed/Certificate of lease is correct (Usually appears in Ha.)
6) If it is a Certificate of Lease as opposed to Title Deed for freehold land, check how many years are remaining on the lease before committing your money, mortgage companies are very particular on this
7) Finally, you get twelve(12) 40*80 plots, thus 1 and 1/4 acres will give you 15 40*80 plots.

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## One thought on “Shocking fact when eighth of an acre is nowhere near that size”

• Moses Obiero

An acre, in the British units ie pound-feet-pint system ,measures 70yards by 70yards giving surface area of 4900square yards.Conversion to Metric units gives an acre to be 64.008 m× 64.008m producing 4096square metres.This decided by 10000square metresmaking a hectare equals 0.4096 ha (approximately 0.41ha).An eighth of an acre should be essentially 16m by 32m that is 0.0512ha approximated to 0.05ha.
In Kenya,plots are deemed to be for house construction only ;with no consideration s for other basic amenities like access road,septic tanks/ pit latrines or sewer outlet manholes,parking .All these require at least 33.33% of the plot.
Plots an eighth acres or lower can only be meted in planned residential & business areas where other services have concise wayleave.In unplanned areas plots ought to be quarter acre in size to allow placement of amenities at correct safe distance from the human abodes.