I’m renting a unit in a condominium for more than one and a half years already and so far everything has been good. The owners of my unit seemed to be ok, and when my contract expired after one year, they told me i could just stay there without a contract and just let them know on a monthly basis if i wanted to stay for another month.
Last month they told me their aunt will move into the unit i’m renting, but they would give me until the end of January 2014 to move out. I said alright, i’ll try to move out as soon as possible and that i would let them know as soon as i had found something. I thought it is completely obvious that if i don’t tell them i’m moving out earlier it means i didn’t find a place and i will stay until the end of January.
Yesterday i received a text message from the owners of the condo telling me their aunt will move in on Monday, January 6 2014. I replied i haven’t found a new place yet so i’d like to stay the rest of the month. They said it is not possible because their aunt is already in Cebu and she will move in there and they insisted they told me i have to move out until the beginning of January.
At this point i got really annoyed, i told them this was a blatant lie and forwarded the message in which they told me i had time until the END of JANUARY. It took them a while to reply and when they did they said this was not true and they don’t know where i got this from, someone else must have written this message. WTF???? How stupid do they think i am???? How can you deny something so obvious????
Anyway, it seems like i have no choice but to find a new place within a few days. Fucking idiots. I told them i expect my deposit back one the exact day i’m moving out.
A little bit off topic, but the most annoying thing is that they end every fucking message by saying God Bless. God bless here god bless there, while trying to screw me over, what fucking hypocrites.
NOTE ADDED BY FiloFail:
If anyone else encounters such a situation, PLEASE INFORM YOURSELF WITH THE LAW, IT’S THERE TO PROTECT YOU! IT HAS PROTECTED ME ONCE BEFORE IN A VERY SIMULAR SITUATION!
Republic Act No. 9653
AN ACT ESTABLISHING REFORMS IN THE REGULATION OF RENT OF CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL UNITS, PROVIDING THE MECHANISMS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. Short Title. – This Act shall be known and cited as the “Rent Control Act of 2009.“
(skipping down to the relevant law that addresses this particular post)
SEC. 9. Grounds for Judicial Ejectment. – Ejectment shall be allowed on the following grounds:
(c) Legitimate need of the owner/lessor to repossess his or her property for his or her own use or for the use of any immediate member of his or her family as a residential unit: Provided, however, That the lease for a definite period has expired: Provided, further, that the lessor has given the lessee the formal notice three (3) months in advance of the lessor’s intention to repossess the property and: Provided, finally, that the owner/lessor is prohibited from leasing the residential unit or allowing its use by a third party for a period of at least (1) year from the time of repossession;