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We are thinking about moving to Dumaguete next spring and renting a house or apt.
I know how things work here in the U.S. But is there any thing that some of you that rent came across that I should be aware of when renting property in the Philippines.

Make sure everything in the house is up to you standards and works before signing the contract. In the three contracts I've had the renter was responsible not the landlord for fixing or replacing defective items. This includes things like wall sockets/light switches, plumbing issues will also be at your expense. Non working door knobs/locks will be replaced by you too. Some landlords might deduct part of the expense from the rent while others smile all the way to the bank knowing you're fixing their problems for the next tenant. Unless it is serious structural damage the landlords expect you the tenant to fix or replace it. Had one landlord that was a lawyer, we brought to his attention that the roof was leaking and he calmly told us to get it fixed. When asked if he was paying for the repairs he said no we would or have to move. We did have someone come and look at it and was told the damage was far greater than a small leak. Termite and rodent infestation had destroyed all the supporting structures of the roof and it was giving way. He didn't care when we told him as long as he could continue receiving rent payments. No such thing as preventive maintenance here, we moved the following month. We moved into a newer modern 9 unit apartment building owned by a FilAm, looked good, smelled good with fresh paint etc. but it was cosmetic only. Soon realized how poorly constructed these places are and the use of the cheapest materials available.  Have already had to replace faucets in the CR and kitchen along with three electrical switches/wall sockets that were shorting out. Also replace the deadbolt lock which had a key broken off in it at my expense. The landlord was well aware of this and never mentioned it. It's frustrating but is what it is. I know there are some who will say they have great landlords who will take care of everything no problem. I'm on my third rental property in 7 years and all three landlords lived by the same thought process, be at the tenants door at 8 am on the first of the month to collect the rent not to be seen or heard from again until the following month.

We rented a condo in a decent building in a decent area back in the 1990s. It was on Roxas Blvd., close to the Grand Boulevard Hotel.

One unexpected thing we ran into, but there was common (at least then) was "3 months' deposit; 3 months' advance" requirement.  So we had to hand over 6 months' rent at the start.  And, as posted by medic, we were expected to repair everything. 

We left the place in better condition than we found it, but that did not stop the L/L from retaining all of our security deposit, saying that even such things as a toilet required replacement after we left.  Not much you can do about it.  They hold the money.  You can start a lawsuit to recover, I suppose, but I would not expect much good to come of that.

we rented our place through a real estate/property manager while we were away.  she asked for 2 months + 2 months.  When the lease was up and the tenant gone, she paid for tenants portion of the bills (water, electricity, assessment, etc) before  returning the deposit. i think renting through some reliable property managers will somewhat ensure they keep true to the contract (but again never a guarantee).

Have any of you had a problem with the price going up just because you are white?
We own some property on Bohol and I was not able to look at it until a price had been writen down.

How long do most leases last?

Are the utilities put under the renters name or under the onwers name?


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