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/ Owner - July 3, 2012
  • Philippines: Condominium Law revisited June 13, 2024
    The Center for Global Best Practices will host a two-session training program titled “Condominium Law of the Philippines” on July 17 and 18, from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. via Zoom.  This program will guide unit owners, condominium association, investors, landowners, contractors, property developers, brokers and lawyers on condominium-related issues such as property development, ownership and leasing to construction, property management, maintenance, quarrels among condominium association directors and members, among others.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: File complaint with HSAC, condo owners advised May 29, 2024
    AT THE Aprobado sa Konseho meeting on Thursday, Councilor Bai Hundra Cassandra “Sweet” Advincula advised Verdon Parc residents to lodge complaints with the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (HSAC) while awaiting the Office of the Building Official’s (Ocbo’s) inspection results.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: Yamsuan Files Bill Mandating Bi-Annual LGU-Homeowners’ Association Meetings May 21, 2024
    Bicol Saro party-list Rep. Brian Raymund Yamsuan has introduced a measure mandating local government units (LGUs) to convene twice a year with homeowners’ associations (HOAs) within their jurisdiction to establish a regular line of communication to address issues of mutual concern.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: House unanimously approves proposed Condominium Redevelopment Act May 18, 2024
    The measure providing for the redevelopment of condominiums in the country has been unanimously approved on third and final reading by the House of Representatives.  On the strength of 188 affirmative votes, the House gave final approval to House Bill (HB) No. 10173, also known as the proposed Condominium Redevelopment Act, during a recent plenary session.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: Alcover sues Beverly Hills Homeowners Association May 15, 2024
    Cebu City Councilor Pastor “Jun” Alcover filed a criminal complaint against members of the Homeowners Association of Beverly Hills, Lahug after they allegedly installed another barricade at their gates that bars the entry of the public anew.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: Village sues Cebu City lawyers May 14, 2024
    A HOMEOWNERS association based in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City, has lodged a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas against Cebu City Legal Officer Carlo Vincent Gimena and 11 other lawyers for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: 70 HOAs gather to tackle lot concerns in Cebu City May 13, 2024
    Cebu City’s housing summit finally pushed through with various homeowners from different associations in attendance, hoping to finally settle concerns involving their lots, particularly those identified as Capitol-owned properties.  Close to 70 officials from different homeowners, especially those with some lot issues and concern, gathered at the Community Hall of the Cebu City Hall last Saturday.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: Makati condo refuses to release info for PDEA ‘leak’ probe, cites privacy May 8, 2024
    The management of a condominium unit mentioned in an alleged leaked report of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has been subpoenaed by a Senate panel to attend its next hearing.  In its letter to the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, Rockwell Residential Towers Condominium Corp. invoked the Data Privacy Act in refusing to disclose details about the condo unit.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: Lob thy neighbor: Homeowners’ war in Dasmariñas Village heats up with Loinaz- Arroyo group aiming to topple Fortun’s group May 1, 2024
    A leadership battle involving abogados, milyonaryos and veteran bankers is shaping up inside Dasmariñas Village, home to some bilyonaryos and celebrities.  Two camps are fighting for control of the homeowners association inside one of the most exclusive enclaves in the country, where prices of properties range from P110 million to P1.3 billion.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: Homeowner-lessor’s right to use the association’s facilities April 1, 2024
    Dear PAO,  I am a homeowner in an exclusive subdivision. I have been paying the annual dues regularly until 2021, when I eventually decided to lease it out to my friend. The lease period is five years, and annexed to our contract is a document in which I expressly authorize the lessee to be a member of our association, considering that he will be staying there for five years. Last month, I inquired from the homeowners’ association management if I ...
  • Philippines: Disqualification of a director of a homeowner’s association February 20, 2024
    Dear PAO,  I own a house and lot inside a subdivision in Pasig City, where I am a member of the Board of Directors of its registered homeowner’s association (HOA). Last month, I bought another residential property in the neighboring subdivision where my current house is. I would like to know if, as a member of the HOA of the subdivision where my second property is located, I am qualified to be a member of its Board of Directors even ...
  • Philippines: Homeowners ‘refused’ access to subdivision facilities February 17, 2024
    HOMEOWNERS of Sunberry Homes in Sudtonggan, Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City continue to complain about exorbitant water rates a year after raising the matter before the government.  Now, they have a new axe to grind: they are accusing the developer of preventing them from using the subdivision’s facilities.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Philippines: Lazy volunteers must be kicked out December 18, 2023
    IF a volunteer-dentist offers to serve the needs of an impoverished community on a certain day and time and comes in two hours late, would you fault him for that? Some people say no. The dentist is offering his free time and services, so better ignore that minor lapse. In a homeowners’ association, if a retired accountant volunteers her expertise to prepare their financial statements and she fails to do her job, would you blame her for that?    Read the ...
  • Philippines: Structural hazards found in Davao City condo December 5, 2023
    A unit owner, choosing to remain anonymous, disclosed in a Messenger interview with SunStar Davao that they have already evacuated their unit. They sought repairs for the unit after feeling an intensity 4 earthquake in the city on Friday afternoon, November 17.    Read the article…………………………
  • Philippines: Residents around condominium in Davao City told to leave after quake November 17, 2023
    A total of 174 individuals residing around the construction site of the high-rise condominium tower The Paragon Davao of Cebu Landmasters were advised to vacate after a crane collapsed in the magnitude-6.8 earthquake that rocked this city and a southern Mindanao on Friday, November 17.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Philippines: Problems continue to hound residential communities September 30, 2023
    Remember that posh and gated subdivision in Pasig hounded by problems such as the alleged lack of transparency from its homeowners’ association? I wrote about it last June 27 in a column titled “Problems hound posh residential subdivision.”  That story seemingly opened a can of worms. It turns out, so say readers, many residential villages, condominiums, subdivisions, etc. have been dealing with similar problems.    Read the Op/Ed…………………………….
  • Philippines: What can be done in case of an illegal takeover of condominium? September 16, 2023
    It took a while before Ilonggos started to get a hang of “condo-living.” For the longest time, even if in Metro Manila, condominiums were already all over, people from Iloilo City still literally had their feet planted on the ground by living in bungalows.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: QC to inspect business establishments in subdivisions in wake of deadly fire September 3, 2023
    THE Quezon City government will inspect businesses located inside subdivisions following the deadly August 31 fire that razed a house that was converted into a business establishment.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Beverly Hills homeowners have right to regulate entry to their subdivision August 10, 2023
    WHAT JUST HAPPENED regarding the controversy between the Beverly Homeowners Association on one hand and the Cebu City Government and commuters using or wanting to use subdivision roads on the other: Mayor Michael Rama reportedly gave a “marching order” to start “recovering all public roads” that have been used “exclusively” by some subdivisions in the city.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Residents of a BGC Condo Alarmed After Management Releases Memo to Remove Community Cats July 29, 2023
    Volunteers and supporters of a group dedicated to caring for community cats of their condominium residence in Bonifacio Global City are voicing out their concern regarding the condo’s management and property developers have reportedly been taking action to remove these cats from its premises.  Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Local business tax on association dues July 18, 2023
    IT is now undisputed that association dues, membership fees, and other charges collected by a condominium corporation from members are not subject to income tax and value added tax. This was the clear ruling by the Supreme Court in the First E-Bank Tower case (GR 215801).    Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Court fight between Villar, BF homeowners association may go into its second round April 26, 2023
    The fight between Senator Cynthia A. Villar and the BF Resort Village Homeowners Association in Las Pinas City may go into its second round.  Villar said she would talk with her lawyer on filing a suit over several issues such as the construction by BFRV of a gate barring entry into her composting plant and removal of signages in the subdivision.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Condo residents hit lack of evac order, return to ‘unsafe’ building April 21, 2023
    MULTIPLE concerns have been raised by unit owners of the condominium building next to the one in Grand Residences that was hit by fire on April 14, 2023, and among these was the fire alarm sounding only 40 minutes to one hour after the fire had started and their now being made to return to a fire-damaged building.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: BI warns condo owners vs harboring illegal foreigners April 20, 2023
    The Bureau of Immigration (BI) yesterday warned condominium owners against harboring illegal foreign nationals after Sen. Risa Hontiveros reported that some condominiums in Metro Manila are being used in crypto currency scam operations.    Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Condo fire causes P4B in damage, review of firefighting capabilities April 15, 2023
    Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama is now looking to review the capabilities of the Cebu City Fire Office (CCFO) and other local fire brigades, following the severe damage brought by the fire.  In an interview with SunStar Cebu on Saturday, April 15, Rama said this review aims to improve the capabilities of firefighters in the city in responding to fire incidents, especially those involving high-rise buildings.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippiines: Powers of a homeowner’s association March 28, 2023
    Q: The officers of the homeowner’s association in our subdivision decided to put another basketball court in the common area of our subdivision. Do they have the right to decide on this without even consulting us, the homeowners?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Philippines: Looking for a condo? Here is a 10-point checklist February 12, 2023
    Location remains an integral qualifier in the selection of property to buy or lease. Property within walking distance from work or school saves time and money. As most engagements are in major cities, the trend is for developers to build high-rise properties over limited land. For young professionals and startup families in search of a condominium, here are 10 other factors to keep in mind.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Closure of ‘public roads’ in private village in Cebu City questioned February 3, 2023
    Is closing public roads inside a private village legal?  A family here is asking the city government to help solve the issue after a homeowners association closed the public roads inside a private village in Barangay Mabolo.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Condo residents seek ERC’s urgent intervention to avoid power disconnection February 1, 2023
    More than 11,000 residents of the California Garden Square (CGS) condominium in Mandaluyong City, are intensifying their call on the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for immediate intervention to prevent disconnection of their electricity services.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Tali troubles January 25, 2023
    Trouble has been brewing at the exclusive Tali Beach Resort in Batangas ahead of its homeowners association’s annual elections tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023.  From all indications, a team of nine directors looks likely to retain control of the board of directors of the upscale resort, but several other homeowners are chafing at the voting rules that were put in place by the current administration.  Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Homeowners’ association confederation organized January 20, 2023
    The Confederation of Homeowners Associations of Negros Occidental was formally launched yesterday in Talisay City, making it the first to be organized in Western Visayas, spurred by the Metro 3rd Balay Hilway Program of Third District Rep. Jose Francisco “Kiko” Benitez.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Condo unit owners lose land dispute case December 27, 2022
    The Court of Appeals (CA) has turned down a petition filed by condominium unit owners against a company which bought the land where their units are located.  The appellate court dismissed the petition of the owners of 10 units in two buildings of Xavierville Executive Townhouse in Quezon City against Barrington Consumer Distributions Corporation.    Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Third District homeowners’ associations undergo training for confederation November 27, 2022
    Forty-six homeowners’ associations in the third district of Negros Occidental participated in series of orientation workshops for the formation of a Metro Third Housing Confederation, as facilitated by the congressional office of Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: CTA junks P50-M case vs. condo association October 20, 2022
    The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has set aside a tax assessment against a local corporation, the IBM Plaza Condominium Association Inc., for more than PHP50 million due to technical lapses.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: BF Homes residents protest opening of gates September 12, 2022
    A big number of residents of residents of BF Homes Subdivision in Parañaque conducted yesterday a motorcade rally as they continued to oppose the opening of its gates to the public.  Last August, the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (HSAC) issued an injunction against the subdivision’s “no sticker, no entry” policy.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Pangan: Relief for HOA members August 30, 2022
    SINCE Fiesta Communities Tabun Mabalacat City Homeowners Association Inc., (FCTMCHAI) took over full management and operations of Fiesta Communities subdivision from Hausland Estate Management Inc., (HEMI), its former managing agency, FCTMCHAI seems to be coping well with the change in the management affairs of the community.   Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Diokno overrules BIR: ‘Dasma’ Village association dues are tax exempt August 25, 2022
    Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno is allowing the Dasmariñas Village Association Inc. (DVAI) to enjoy tax exemptions on its income from association dues and rental fees by reversing an earlier ruling of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).     Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: Homeowners of BF Homes in Parañaque protest opening of 5 gates to public August 8, 2022
    Sixteen homeowner associations at the BF Homes in Parañaque City launched a simultaneous protest on Monday afternoon to denounce the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission’s (HSAC) decision to order the opening of five gates of the subdivision to the public.    Read the article………………………..
  • Philippines: HOA rights and powers March 31, 2022
    Recently, I received a message from a client asking about the rights and powers of a homeowners’ association. Let me share to you some of the things I discussed in my response.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Philippines: Pangan: HOA election finally over March 20, 2022
    THE much-awaited/anticipated election of the new set of board of directors (BOD) of the Fiesta Communities Tabun Mabalacat City Homeowners Association, Inc. (FCTMCHAI) was held last Sunday, March 6, 2022, at the HOA premises. Two teams vied for the posts and the Team Tap or Team Tuloy sa Pag-asenso emerged victorious with ten out of thirteen gaining slots in the new Board of Directors.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Philippines: Ka Leody barred from campaigning inside Antipolo private subdivision February 19, 2022
    Presidential candidate and labor leader Leody de Guzman said he was barred from campaigning inside a private subdivision in Antipolo City on Saturday.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Philippines: HLURB, not RTC, has jurisdiction over homeowners’ disputes – Supreme Court December 6, 2021
    The Supreme Court (SC) has stressed that disputes between and among members of homeowners’ associations in villages are within the jurisdiction of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and not the regional trial court (RTC).   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Philippines: PLDT-Smart laud House nod on bill mandating allocation for cell sites in subdivisions December 4, 2021
    The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, approved on third and final reading the House Bill No. 10388 or “An Act Mandating the Allocation of an Area for Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure and Facilities in Subdivisions and Housing Development Projects.”   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Philippines: Condo dwellers no longer qualified for power subsidies October 11, 2021
    Filipinos living in condominiums and subdivisions will no longer qualify to avail of the ‘lifeline subsidy’ or electricity rate discounts extended to financially challenged power consumers.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Philippines: Magallanes Village vs ‘unauthorized’ Chinese tenants September 20, 2021
    Not long after the Ayala Alabang Village Association cracked down on abusive tenants from mainland China—many said to be using their rented homes for illegal online gaming activities or as staffhouses—another upscale exclusive residential community has found itself in a similar predicament.     Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Philippines: Condo denies hand in Cebu lawyer’s slaying August 30, 2021
    The management of a condominium in this city has denied involvement in the death of a lawyer, who had staged a hunger strike, to protest the imposition of dues, before he was shot last week.  In a statement, the Bamboo Bay Condominium Corp. (BBCC) said it was “shocked” upon learning of the killing of human rights lawyer Rex Jesus Mario Fernandez, 64.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Philippines: Bamboo Bay cuts off water supply of 20 condo units August 16, 2021
    THE Bamboo Bay Condominium Corp. (BBCC) said it has disconnected the water supply of 20 condo units, including lawyer Rex Fernandez’s unit, after non-payment of condo corporation dues.  On Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, Fernandez, a human rights lawyer who lives in a unit at Bamboo Bay located in Brgy. Subangdaku, Mandaue City, initiated a hunger strike after his water supply was disconnected despite the presence of an injunction order.     Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Philippines: Bulacan mayor orders subdivision developer to explain issues on water supply June 21, 2021
    Baliuag, Bulacan Mayor Ferdie Estrella is seeking an explanation from the developer of a subdivision in his town for supposedly charging its homeowners fee for their water supply despite absence of business permit from the local government.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Philippines: 649 Bulacan homeowner presidents receive aid June 5, 2021
    Last Thursday, some 649 homeowner presidents from all over the province were given 25 kilos of rice and P1,500 cash each as assistance from the provincial government.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Philippines: Pilar Village homeowners win vs past officers May 5, 2021
    THE Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (HSAC) has found that six officers of the Pilar Village Homeowners Association (PVHA) had violated the by-laws of the PVHA.  In a decision dated April 5, 2021 and released on May 4, HSAC regional chief adjudicator Donn Tamayo voided the 2014, 2018 and 2019 PVHA elections in which the defendants Rene Lacsa, Manuel Yusi, Teresita de Jesus, Marianita Ongjoco and Alexander Sonza had themselves directly voted as officers.    Read the entire article……………………………….
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