PGMA signs rent control law – Philippines

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday signed into law Republic Act No. 9653, otherwise known as the Rent Control Act of 2009, which imposes a one-year moratorium on rent increases for covered residential units in Metro Manila and other highly urbanized cities, and caps subsequent annual hikes at a maximum of 7% cap until December 31, 2013.

It covers all residential units where monthly rents do not exceed P10,000. The cut-off is P5,000 for residential units in other areas. The new law also prohibits lessors, or owners of residential units, to impose not more than one month advance rent and not more than two months deposit. Violators will face stiffer fines ranging from 25,000 to 50,000 pesos.

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  • One

    Good day to you. I need an advice on one of our renters who paid 1 1/5
    months from Sep – Oct, but have not settled anything for the current
    month. Their electric and water bill have been on pending since they
    occupied the room and kept on promising to pay. The Meralco officers
    will disconnect the electric meter, maybe within this month, in which
    they are fully aware of, but still they have not done anything but
    promise to pay their debt. Our lessor was a police officer and still
    have his ID and weapon with him and it frightens us and all of our other
    tenants, especially now with the situation. He also have other debts
    around the area and his children were forced to stop schooling because
    he never applied for any work to support his family. Is there any right
    in our constitution that covers the lessor and what case can we file
    against him to counter the rental law? Can we use the fact that he have
    been doing this before with his ex-lessors, as ground for eviction?
    Please help us out. Hoping for your reply and advice. — One from
    Manila

  • One

    Good day to you. I need an advice on one of our renters who paid 1 1/5 months from Sep – Oct, but have not settled anything for the current month. Their electric and water bill have been on pending since they occupied the room and kept on promising to pay. The Meralco officers will disconnect the electric meter, maybe within this month, in which they are fully aware of, but still they have not done anything but promise to pay their debt. Our lessor was a police officer and still have his ID and weapon with him and it frightens us and all of our other tenants, especially now with the situation. He also have other debts around the area and his children were forced to stop schooling because he never applied for any work to support his family. Is there any right in our constitution that covers the lessor and what case can we file against him to counter the rental law? Can we use the fact that he have been doing this before with his ex-lessors, as ground for eviction? Please help us out. Hoping for your reply and advice. — One from Manila

  • http://n/a Clemn Sampang

    For Ms. Delia Santos,
    Better seek the assistance of a lawyer for you to know the ejecment procedure that the law provides, the actions of your tenant is already a violation of the new rent control law

  • Delia Santos

    Good day! I just want to seek advise on how to go about my problem with one tenant who has not paid her rental for 10 months now. She keep on promising to settle her account but never done that. I have spoken to her to leave the apt and gave her a month but she never did and now, she never shown up for more than 3 months despite my text. Her key was entrusted to her brother who would want to get her stuff.
    What right do I have for this situation? Can I padlock her door? Or do I have right over her belongings that she left?
    Anticipating for your advise.

  • aron

    com’l space po nirent ko last oct 2010 start. mahirap po kausap lessor. kaya nag-iisp na po me umalis. ang nakalagay po sa contract ” the term of this lease shall be 1 yr on; date, and expiring on ;date, renewable upon the consent of the lessor, the rescission of this contract due to the lesses’s violation shall make him liable to pay rentals up to next year (covering the 1 year). dapat po ba magbayad ang lesse ng remaining mga buwan kung gusto nya ng umalis. thnx po. God bless.