Tag: Philippine law

Real property taxes across Metro Manila

In January, I wrote on real property tax (RPT) or more commonly known as “amilyar,” an ad valorem tax levied on real property determined on the basis of a fixed proportion of...

Real property tax bites

If you acquired real property in 2019, reality should be setting in in the coming weeks. You should note that all persons acquiring or making any improvement on real property at any...

Space invaders

Real property is a scarce resource. Most of us strive to own a piece of the world we live in. Some are fortunate to have acquired more. There are some others, regrettably,...

Right of way

What happens when your property is literally in the way of the government’s plan to build roads, bridges or an airport? I was fortunate to be the lawyer for contractors in the Secondary...

Want to buy an island? First, consider the indigenous people

Which island did you visit this summer? With over 7,000 islands to choose from, there’s always a new tropical paradise to discover in our country. Almost everyone dreams of having their own...

Anatomy of a lease agreement

A common question we encounter in the practice of law is “Is this agreement/contract legal?” referring to a lease agreement. The follow-up question is usually “Is it okay for me to sign...

Heritage structures and the law

Whether they’ve been to Paris or not, many people around the world mourned upon seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral in flames last month. What is it about this grand structure that caused...

FAQs on law, liability, earthquake & other fortuitous events

I was in my office when the recent magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon. We felt the building sway for almost a minute. After checking on my family,...

Battle of the bastards

Season 8 of the hit television series Game of Thrones (GoT) is here. Fans like me have bittersweet feelings. We’ve waited for almost a year for this final season. The end is coming. I write...

To buy or to lease: That is the question

(Editor’s note: This second of two parts discusses the contracts, and the rights of buyers and sellers. The lease part was published on March 29.) The law defines a sale as a contract...

To lease or to buy? That is the question

(Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts that examine lease and purchase contracts for homebuyers.) Borrowing from Shakes-peare’s Hamlet, “To lease or to buy — that is the question. Whether...

Tips for understanding a contract

Some people are afraid of, averse or allergic to contracts. To remedy this, it would be good to understand the concept of what a contract is and its significance in practical terms....

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Addressing the housing problem: The task continues

Housing czar Eduardo Del Rosario, the first ever chief of the newly created Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is...

Pasay Monorail means better connectivity, convenience and higher land values at the MOA complex

Imagine reaching the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay from Quezon City or elsewhere, in a breeze.  Visitors to...

A great contribution to urban housing:8990 Holdings Inc. wows with new expansive amenities

8990 Holdings, Inc. (8990) unveiled new expansive amenities for its residents at the Urban Deca Homes Ortigas, its largest condominium community project...

Feel the beauty in value with Hermosa, Vista Global South’s first residential condominium property

With the WFH set up, many city dwellers are packing their bags to work remotely in one of the country's premier resorts.