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  2. Davaoeno

    Tenant Question

    Absolutely !! Next question ? Its seems very obvious that you and the Philippines are not a good match- and never will be .
  3. Headshot

    Tenant Question

    And you won't get that here ... because most of us understand that western logic doesn't work in the Philippines (or just about anywhere else in east Asia for that matter). Regardless of what you read on these pages, none of it will amount to anything when you are talking with your landlord (and I guarantee that she thought you were calling her stupid when you told her that she didn't understand what was written in her own contract). If you want to negotiate with Filipinos, then you will need to understand how they think (not that I am any expert on how Filipinos think, but I try to not negotiate as much as I can). So, whatever we tell you (other than telling you what the consequences or various choices could be) will mean nothing in resolving your issues with your landlord. You will need to find a common ground with her, and then work from there. The wiring issue is really dangerous, and if you can explain why it is dangerous to her (without insulting her), then maybe you can work out something with her to get the connections redone (with wire nuts or some other real connector). It sounds like your landlord is like many people who get into that business with no real experience, and she thinks that 100% of the rent should be her income, without any of it going to maintenance and upkeep of the structures. People like that would rather have all expenses come out of somebody else's pocket.
  4. mistaeric

    Tenant Question

    Im not makin a mountain out of a molehill. I want to get a clear understanding of whats my responsibility to avoid probs in future with the landlord. If there is earthquake damage ,will she expect me to make repairs????? Since any and all damage in my unit is my responsibility. Where does it start and ends is all im after.
  5. to_dave007

    Tenant Question

    So.. Go ahead. make a mountain out of a molehill then.. You only asked so that you can feel better when people agree with you. Over and OUT.
  6. SkyMan

    Why is Engish Speling so Weird?

    There's a longer version of that rule that is more accurate but still it has problems.
  7. Should have answered, "Oo, kaon ta!"
  8. mistaeric

    Tenant Question

    I have had two Filipino owners and one German owner. And the German was the worst landlord of all three. So its hit and miss I guess in my experience.
  9. My FIL knows only a few words of English but to his credit he does try to converse I know that it is daily routine is to feed his Chickens late afternoon on one occasion he was leaving his house with a Bucket of Feed and turned to me and said " I will eat my Chickens".
  10. East Saxon

    Why is Engish Speling so Weird?

    I think you may find that in fact there are more words that disprove that rule than support it ( according to a very interesting TV show in the UK called QI).
  11. smokey

    Tenant Question

    In a perfect world. Rent from foreigners if you want western style management
  12. mistaeric

    Tenant Question

    I didn call her stupid, she claim the contract say i am responsible for destruction = the action or process of causing so much damage to something that it no longer exists or cannot be repaired...Its not my fault she got insulted because she doesn't know what destruction means. IF I unscrewed her toilet from the floor to fix the stopped up pipes and could not replace it..thats destruction. If I tried to repair the running toilet and screwed up the inner workings, then I destroyed her toilet. If I tried to repair the wires in the light fixture and blew out all the lights , then thats destruction This is normal wear and tear of a 7 yr old building which should be on the owners dime. She showed me the contract saying tenant responsible of maintaining unit and it gave a few examples but no where did it say rewire light fixtures.
  13. JohnSurrey

    Pacquiao vs Thurman

    Probably the same guy who gave it to Jeff Horn
  14. Headshot

    Tenant Question

    Maybe things would have gone better if you hadn't basically called your landlord stupid. As it is, I think most people would just let it pass (since it is only 600p), and fix things themselves in the future. Then again, that sets a precedent that you will pay for things that you didn't cause. On the light flickering, I think Jawny nailed it. Wire nuts (twist connectors) (or other types of connectors) are almost unheard of here, and most connections are made by just twisting wires together and taping over them. This is pretty much the worst kind of electrical connection there is, and they will often come loose, causing things like flickering lights. Basically the only way you could fix this is to go through every connection in the house and add wire nuts over the twisted wires. The worst part of it is that loose electrical connections often cause fires in the Philippines. Would your landlord hold you responsible if the townhouse burns down due to bad connections if the problem isn't fixed? I presume the townhouse is connected to other townhouses, so the destruction could be devastating. Surely you realize that rents are higher in larger cities than in small towns like where you live, right? The OP lives in the heart of the Cebu metro area, so 27,000p is not out of line for where he is. Not everybody wants to live in a province out in the hinterlands of Mindanao (or any other isolated province for that matter).
  15. mistaeric

    Tenant Question

    Her uncle is the so called handyman here and she sends him to repair any problem and if he cants he tells her a pro is needed. She hinted a should slip her uncle a tip when he fixes something. I didn hear it but my GF heard landlord say that. The switch is on and light is not. He climb a ladder and twist the light fixture and the light came on..he twist again and it went off..So he knew the bulb wasn't burned out and it was a wire problem. He didn attempt to look any further so I assumed he is not comfy doing so.
  16. Woolf

    Tenant Question

    is the light flickering when switch is off or when switch is on ?? In VECO service area it is 2 phase 120/120 NO NEUTRAL, only one the phases are switched off/on Be careful when changing bulbs, even with switch off there is 120 volt at the socket to be safe take the breaker
  17. Jawny

    Tenant Question

    Loose wires is a common problem here. Many builders will have electricians just twist wires at the light fixture and use electrical tape to secure the connection. These loosen over time. Common twist connectors will usually solve the problem. As to who pays for this sort of repair, it should be the landlord. Just an opinion. The repair is quite simple, so I’d likely do it myself.
  18. mistaeric

    Tenant Question

    Its a 2bdr, 3 CR, one carpark type townhouse built in 2011. I got pic but its larger than 1.95MB so cant post it
  19. I can not find the dunks at shopee you do not need the app you can find them here https://shopee.ph
  20. mistaeric

    Tenant Question

    Theres a light socket with a flickering bulb. Her handyman uncle said its a loose wire maybe. So I should pay to have all the wiring redone in the CR also? Where does it stop? I asked her if a typhoon hit cebu city and all the windows got blown out, am I expected to replace them. She hesitated and thought for a minute and said I would not have to pay for that. This is her mentality. You pay your rent and dont bother me!
  21. Do you have ponds? Then you would need the dunks. Would not work for the occasional rain storm . Wet then dry.
  22. wondersailor

    Tenant Question

    My concern is not the 600p, but the 27k per month. Where do you live? I am in a new townhouse with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths for 8,000p. Maybe your lanlord thinks your made of money and don't know prices.
  23. Barryrio

    Tenant Question

    As mentioned by a previous poster - this is a simple 600 peso fix the merits of which could be argued till the cows come home. But is it worth souring a relationship in the process - I think not. Personally I would simply get all three things sorted and move on. I have been very lucky over the years as far as landlords go here in the Phils, but I have also learned to choose when to fight and when to simply go with the flow. Under these circumstances I would definitely choose the latter!
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      Absolutely !!     Next question ?     Its seems very obvious that you and the Philippines are not a good match- and never will be .
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      And you won't get that here ... because most of us understand that western logic doesn't work in the Philippines (or just about anywhere else in east Asia for that matter). Regardless of what you read on these pages, none of it will amount to anything when you are talking with your landlord (and I guarantee that she thought you were calling her stupid when you told her that she didn't understand what was written in her own contract). If you want to negotiate with Filipinos, then you will need to understand how they think (not that I am any expert on how Filipinos think, but I try to not negotiate as much as I can). So, whatever we tell you (other than telling you what the consequences or various choices could be) will mean nothing in resolving your issues with your landlord. You will need to find a common ground with her, and then work from there. The wiring issue is really dangerous, and if you can explain why it is dangerous to her (without insulting her), then maybe you can work out something with her to get the connections redone (with wire nuts or some other real connector). It sounds like your landlord is like many people who get into that business with no real experience, and she thinks that 100% of the rent should be her income, without any of it going to maintenance and upkeep of the structures. People like that would rather have all expenses come out of somebody else's pocket.
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      Im not makin a mountain out of a molehill. I want to get a clear understanding of whats my responsibility to avoid probs in future with the landlord. If there is earthquake damage ,will she expect me to make repairs????? Since any and all damage in my unit is my responsibility. Where does it start and ends is all im after.
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