Renting in the Philippines

Marianne and I rent in Lapu-Lapu City for Php 6,500 or around $150 to $160 a month. Renting is pretty cheap here and if this is your first trip over here I recommend renting for a while until you are sure you want to stay here. If you build a home then decide you don’t want to remain here you will end up having to sell the property a time consuming taks.

.

.

For an average two bedroom apartment expect to pay rent of  $160.00 – $180.00 per month. The blue townhouse in the photo above rented for  Php 7,500 and was a two bedroom unit. I have seen some places renting as low as P 4,000 up to around P 10,000. You will need a maid to cook and clean for you, she will run you around $50.00 per month or Php 2,200 Electricity less than $90.00 or Php 4,000 and water around Php 500. There is currently an apartment available here as of October 7th 2011.

.


The above photo is of our current apartment renting to 6,700 per month and is a two bedroom unit. There are two units in this little compound. The owner is an engineer for the City of Cebu. His house is the one next to the two apartments.

.

Often the quality of the apartments are not what you would expect and are familiar with in the US. Often you see rooms needing paint or repairs. Ours has doors that need repairs one has been punched in by an angry past tenant. Labor is so cheap here, just hire someone to come in and paint it at your expense and of a color of your choosing. You would be surprised how cheap and easy it is to get someone to do this, simply ask around. A quick trip to the local market to locate a paint store where they will custom blend the color you want. You could even add a nippa style bamboo on one or more walls without a complaint from most owners. As long as you left it up when you left but I would check first. You could varnish the nippa to a nice golden color which would make the apartment look elegant.

.

This is nippa and it can be glued onto a concrete wall without the wood pieces holding it together. This photo is of a hut built entirely of nippa and bamboo and is only here to show you what nippa looks like.

.

.

Below are photos of a 6 story apartment complex in the Tumulak Village compound renting for Php 4,000. These are not much more than a hotel room, one room, a bath or CR, and a balcony, kitchen is part of the room. The penthouse unit up on top is vacant and has a great view of most of the Cebu Area (see photos below).  The problem I see is the steps are made with a thin gauge steel and will likely rust out before 4 years are up making it impossible to get up to the upper floors. I have seen this happen at another unit we rented that has a penthouse office on the third floor, then another level that had steel stairs that were completely rusted through and this building was only 5 years old.

.

.

This is the Php 4,000 one room apartment in a 6 story high-rise, and it is brand new.

.

One single room with kitchenette.

.

This is the CR or bathroom.

.

.

This is the penthouse unit going for the same price. The steps to up to another deck where
you can see almost all of Cebu City all the way to the mountains.

.

View from the top.

.

The old bridge from Mactan to Mandaue City is visible in this photo.

.

Looking towards the water and Cebu City.

.

Christine, Marianne’s cousin and our maid.

.

You can see Gaisano Island Mall at the right and near the center is McDonalds, it the background
is Cebu City and the mountains all the way to the west side of Cebu City. Better view on a clear day.

.

Another view of the bridge to Mandaue City and Cebu City, Mountains visible in the west.

.

This is another Php 4,000 unit an older building, the rooms are the same size as
the new unit. Although you would definitely need to paint this room.

.

This has more Php 4,000 rooms for rent.

.

This is one of the units available in the above building, again one single room with kitchenette.

.

Front of the above building, little parking space.

.

This is a view from the terrace of the above building, other apartment buildings are
visible all around here.

.

Apartments all over Tumulak Village.

.

And more apartments, can’t figure out why they can’t put in a concrete
road instead of gravel and dirt roads here.

.

|
|

You Can Join this site, the link is on the right sidebar under “Meta”. Also please leave a comment so I know you were here, and answer the questions: What did you think of the information presented on this site? and If there anything else I should include? If you would like to include some of your own information Just join the site then please send me an email so I can upgrade your account to something higher so you can create your own posts

Send comments to: Charles_Harman@rocketmail.com

|

Discover How To Attract Better Customers
And Increase Profits With Internet Marketing

Join For Free Today!

Free introductory classes inside|

|

Charles & Marianne Harman
Going Global… 

|

WordPress3

|

|

Create an online store with Quick Shopping Cart!

|

|
Kayak Brand: Fly the #1 Airline in Overal Quality

|
|
.

.

.

.

One comment

  1. Thank you for posting this info Charles. I plan on moving to Phillipines this year as soon as I can get rid of my house.
    I currently have a girlfriend in manila with 2 children and we are pretty sure that either Cebu or Negros Oriental will be our resting place. I definitely agree on renting before buying to make sure you like the area, especially the woman, (must keep her happy) and have been looking at places on line to get an idea. It seems the most listings is with Island Properties Real estate.

    Have you ever heard of this Real Estate agency? If so anything bad or good?

    I will be looking for a 2 to 3 bedroom (preferrably 3) with a kitchen, dining area, and warm water showers. lol I have read some articles on that. lol

    I am quite open to any suggestions that you may have, or references to known places of 3 bedrooms.

    I don’t know how Real Estate standards work there regarding rentals, for example who pays the fees, I know in states they could charge you a fee equal to 2 months rent.

    I have thoroughy enjoyed your website, it is full of informative info.

    Thanks; Foster

Leave a Reply