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1 Land ownership dispute on Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:20 am


Arresto Menor
Hi, my family is currently renting an apartment in Sampaloc Manila. We've been in the said apartment for 9 years. Last Monday, we received a demand letter from a law office demanding us to pay our rent to a certain person who claims that she owns the said apartment on or before April 15, 2012. If we dont follow her demands, she's requesting us to vacate the said apartment on April 25, 2012. We forwarded the said letter to the owner of the apartment and advised us not to mind the said letter.

I'm just wondering if the said demand letter is legal since we havent receive any notice that there's a new owner of the apartment and she havent presented any documents as a proof that she's the real owner of the property. Me and my family is a bit worried that we might receive legal charges for this matter. Thanks!

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2 Re: Land ownership dispute on Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:37 pm


Reclusion Temporal
Whether the demand letter is genuine or not, you have nothing to worry. The law is on your side. If it is fake, then she cannot evict you. While if it is legal, she cannot evict you right away. She has to respect your lease contract i.e. wait for the expiration of the lease. But of course she has to show proof that she has acquired ownership over the property or she is the real owner of the apartment, because as far as you are concerned the owner is the one you have contracted the lease with. Lease contracts need not be entered into with the actual or real owner himself.

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