I am currently renting an apartment. The first owner (who got the right to ownership as heir of the property)was a friend. I paid her 3-month deposit. We had no legal contract and the only proof I have were two generic receipts (Not OR) since she has no business entity.
Then he sold it to his brother in law who took over. So we directed our payments to him. Note that all receipts are generics (ganito naman halos lahat mga landlords kaya marami ang nawawala tax sa government). At first, he wanted to ask for a new deposits, disregarding the previous deposits we made.
Then again, this bro-in-law sold it to another person. Now this new owner, wants us to pay 3 months deposit again, saying wala siyang pakialam sa naunang deposits.
I stood my ground. I have not signed the new contract with her. Yes I paid her our latest monthly rental, without receipts and contract because I'm afraid signing the contract is tantamount to acknowledging the her hold and nullifying my deposits.
A friend told me that I can insist on using my 3-month deposit because when they were transacting the property, they all know that there is an existing tenant who has valid commitment and obligation vis a vis the original owners.
The new owner's lawyer, who is allegedly an RTC lawyer with good connection in Manila City Hall, insist that walang pakialam ang new owner sa anumang transaction.
If this is true, where is justice here. There is an injustice committed and how is it gonna be settled under Philippine laws.
Can I insist on using our our 3-month deposit by simply refusing to pay our succeeding rents and then just leave.
Or can I simply tell the owner that I no longer have money to pay rent, I will just leave when I get find another place for our transfer. Question: How long can we stay in the property without paying and as long as wala kami malipatan?
If she resorts to legal means? What rights do I have to fight for then?
Hope you help me on this please. So I know If I have to transfer my kids to another school yet. I'm pressured for time to act. Thank you very much my dear legal experts!