Face Off: Invoking your Constitutional Right Not to Use a Face Mask.

IMPORTANCE OF PROPERTY LINES This week, we gather around an early morning news clip from an online tabloid Rappler, featuring a foreign man being accosted by the local police. All of which happened within the confines of a premier village in Makati City. The mess started from an alleged infraction of the foreigner's employee who … Continue reading Face Off: Invoking your Constitutional Right Not to Use a Face Mask.

Martial Who?: Can the Police Barge in your Condominium Building During a Declaration of a Public Health Emergency?

Property as an Extension of your Body One's property such as your private vehicle or your shelter is an extension of your body. Thus, all of these appendages are protected from trespass and unreasonable searches and seizures. Highly sensational these past few days is news of local police forces barging in an ultra-upscale condominium complex. … Continue reading Martial Who?: Can the Police Barge in your Condominium Building During a Declaration of a Public Health Emergency?

Village Car Pass: What Should You Surrender to Get in?

  Village Traffic Rules: Laws in Little Kingdoms Homeowners Association rules and regulations are the law of the land, as long as you are within territorial boundaries of the concerned subdivision. These laws were crafted primarily to protect and give order to the community as a whole. As such, visitors are expected to strictly abide … Continue reading Village Car Pass: What Should You Surrender to Get in?

Parking your Car in Front of your House: May the Homeowners Association Issue a Violation Ticket?

  Parking Woes Living in Metro Manila means dealing with traffic not just in public streets, but sometimes inside private gated villages as well. Not to mention parking spaces, or lack of it, the amount of cars simply do not correspond to the number of available parking slots. May it be office buildings, malls, or … Continue reading Parking your Car in Front of your House: May the Homeowners Association Issue a Violation Ticket?

Does your Homeowners Association Prohibit you from Leasing your House to a Certain Group of Foreigners? Here are your Rights.

Rent Regulations An exclusive village in Metro Manila recently issued its guidelines regulating the renting out of houses to tenants, obviously targeting a single group of foreign individuals who are here to find housing and work. It has been discussed in a recent blog before that Homeowners Associations (HOA) may issue rules and regulations that … Continue reading Does your Homeowners Association Prohibit you from Leasing your House to a Certain Group of Foreigners? Here are your Rights.

Title to your land: What is the LRA’s Voluntary Title Standardization Program?

  Bits and pieces of information have been circulating thru SMS messages and social media about the Land Registration Authority's (LRA) title standardization program. What is this about and how does this concern property owners? Land Titles: Manually-issued Certificate of Title The classic version of the Certificate of Title looks like an ancient Egyptian manuscript … Continue reading Title to your land: What is the LRA’s Voluntary Title Standardization Program?

What you should do to prevent your Property from Being Converted into a Workers Dormitory.

UNFAMILIAR FACES An exclusive and gated village circulated a memorandum that reads: "All lot owners/lessors shall first register their Chinese lessees with the Homeowners Association office before moving in." Upon further inquiry behind the memo, it revealed that  numerous houses have been leased out, sometimes with a 1 or 2 year deposit, to mainland Chinese … Continue reading What you should do to prevent your Property from Being Converted into a Workers Dormitory.