Archive for May, 2019

An Update on Tenant-Landlord Problem

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My parents have lawyered up.

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We are hoping the tenant  doesn’t pay  her rent due in first week of May, so we can kick her out at the end of the month. If she  pays, the 60 day Notice of Termination takes effect…. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT SHE IS  AIMING FOR ! !   Bummer.

 

Meanwhile, my cousin and her husband are staying with us, all ready to move out at the end of the month.  Hubby just graduated from university, and lived  at  the  university dorm but had to vacate after graduation.  His family lives in San Diego, Southern California… I guess they’ll have to live with us for 60 more  days, he he.  This white Italian American husband   has to get used to the smell of adobo cooking in our  kitchen.  ^_^

 

” Kick her out”… Don’t think we’re heartless. She’s been renting for almost 9 years, and has never, ever paid on time ( almost at the end of the month, rent is due first week of the month, and more often then not, not a complete payment). The rent of $1550 is cheap. The going rate for a small 2- bedroom apartment here in our city is about $1,200 to 1,400 /month.  This  house has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a nice swimming pool ( with a cute waterfall, and a slide. ) That $1550 rent just helps my parents out to pay for the house’s  $2,250 monthly mortgage.  Are my parents profiting ? Do the math.

 

There’s now a slight change in my  perspective towards this kind of stuff.  We  have a vacation house on Boracay Island in the Philippines. Boracay is a resort island. Anyway, before construction, we discovered there was a family squatting on our property.  They wouldn’t leave, and even harassed the construction workers who were already at the site with their hammers and spade…. the  squatters , on the other hand,  had  machete in their hands.  ( I leave the scene to your imagination. O_O  )  The corrupt “barangay ” chairman  suggested that we just pay the family to avoid trouble. We gave them 150,000 Philippine pesos. ( $3,000 )  If you’re Filipino reading this,  you know these folks (  squatters/illegal settlers, or to be politically correct, /informal settlers )   feel entitled , right?… like the rest of humanity  owes them something. I’m sorry for saying that.

 

Below is our vacation house. We’re lucky there are South Korean tenants living there whose contract ends in 2020. ( they pay one year  advance…Nice ! ) Do you know that 7-bedroom,  4 baths , 4 -level house is  just  $ 1,500 a month ????  And we’re renting out our house here in the US for $1,550 ! ! Ha ha ha… Housing in the Philippines is so cheap !

 

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Okay, I digress.  My point is, my parents are not that inexperienced re rental business.  They just don’t know US housing laws.

 

Anyway, we leave this to the lawyer.  My siblings and I are going to help with litigation cost.

 

Eh. I talk too much.  Bye for now, and peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just one question from me to my dear readers

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My family  has a huge landlord – tenancy problem.  My parents are the landlords.  My cousin and her hubby would like to reside there because why not…  We have “verbally” given notice to the tenant  last March 15  that they should vacate the house by May 31 . My father again reminded the tenant  about this yesterday… but the tenant said ” this is  her house. See you in court,” then closed the door on Dad’s face.

 

This  is the situation.  The original tenants ( 2 ) who signed the lease had moved  out in 2010.  We didn’t even know they had taken in a roommate.  The roommate who was left behind  had asked for  permission  to  live in the house.  My parents  okayed it, but unfortunately , they didn’ t make a new lease agreement. The reason…smooth transition. In other words, it’s a gentleman’s agreement… with a handshake and a smile.

 

My dad is now writing a formal written notice … the tenant threatened  us with a lawsuit,  and that  would cost us at least $10,000.  My father cried because he had been good and patient with her. She has NEVER paid on time, ( always one month late ) and more often than not, it isn’t even a full payment at the end of the month.  ( We also pay the garbage fees and water )

 

Please,is there anyone of my readers  who knows about this stuff ?

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom ! Luv’ ya !

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. ( She’s also my best friend . )

 

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Are Filipinos, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander ? Really .

 

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Last week , a Filipino co-worker asked me if I had ever encountered an official California document where Filipinos have to choose, identify and check  their  ethnicity off  the following list:  Asian,  Pacific Islander,  Filipino, Other. I said yes, I had, when I applied for a driver’s license, so Dennis, what’s wrong with it ? ” Look, Ren,  aren’t we Asian ? ” (  By the way, Dennis is half Italian-American, half Filipino but identifies himself as Filipino. He was also born in the Philippines. )

 

Anyway, I was confused.  I didn’t know what to make of it. I  did some research about this issue, and what I learned surprised me.  I do know about the Pacific Islander thing, but  it’s never been an issue to me. But, why are Filipinos in a separate group ?  Filipinos  are Asians.  To think otherwise is just so ignorant and stupid.  Just look at the map.

 

 

Here’s something that I found on YouTube.  Warning ! This video is highly inaccurate (  nevertheless , very  informative ) because the person on the video delves more on Chinese heritage rather than the more accurate   Indonesian -Malays who are actually the original settlers of the country.  Heck, we cannot even  tell a Malaysian, Indonesian, and Filipino  apart…  and yes, the Filipino language is very similar to Malaysian and Indonesian languages.  Ex: Thank you is Salamat in Filipino and Selamat in Indonesian.  ( Although about 40% of Filipino language is Spanish or has Spanish roots.  Filipinos even tell time in Spanish .) Filipino historians say Filipinos are of   Malay-Indo- Polynesian race.  It’s true there was an extensive trading with the Chinese, and I’m sure there were intermixing of  genes  at one point. That’s a given. Heck,  according to 23andMe ancestry, a part of my DNA belongs to Chinese Haplo-group.

 

 

 

Is it  because of Filipino culture and its shared heritage , history and culture with Mexico ?    Heck, both the  Philippines and Mexico even call their money Pesos.  In fact, at one point in Mexican and Philippine history,  the Philippines was considered a province of Mexico.  I was surprised  to learn that  the Filipino words for mother and father , Nanay  and Tatay , tiangue/ palengke ( markets )  and which I’m sure all Filipinos consider pure  unadulterated Filipino words,  are actually  Nathual in origin , an ancient Mexican language.

Anyway, I think I should write more about Filipino identity . There are more than 4 million Filipinos in the US, and this number does not even include half-Filipinos who  identify their ethnicity as Filipino, like my co-worker Dennis,  and Bruno Mars… or the wrestler Batista. Batista’s arm is tattoed with Philippine map, ha ha. That number is  more than the population of Koreans, Vietnamese, and Japanese combined .   Filipinos are not invisible here in the US,  neither here nor there. Not all Asians look like Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese, you know .  Look  at Indians…they  are Asians, too.

 

Okay, this is all for now from a pissed off Asian. Bye and peace.