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The Rent Control Act of 2009 or Republic 9653 was finally signed into law on Tuesday by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The new rent control law aims to protect the more than 1.55 million low income tenants in the country.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said, “The significance of the rent control that was signed by the president into law is somehow help to our lesser privileged citizens so that they will not bear the burden of uncontrollable increases in rentals.”

The new law, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill 3163 and House Bill 6098, sets a one-year moratorium on rent increases. This applies to houses, apartments and other residential units including boarding houses, dormitories, rooms and bed space.

It also sets a ceiling on rent increases per year until December 2013, which is seven percent. R.A. 9653, or “An Act Establishing Reforms in the Regulation of Rent of Certain Residential Units, Providing the Mechanisms Therefore and For Other Purposes,” retains many of the salient provision in the Rent Control Law which expired last December 31, 2008.



Some of those prohibited under the new law is the advance payment of more than one month and a deposit of more than two months, as well as the sub-leasing of the rented property by the renters. Those who will be found in violation of the new rent control law will be slapped with stiffer fines ranging from P25,000 to P50,000 and face imprisonment of not less than one month and one day to not more than six months, or both.

The new rent control law would be in effect for four years, after which the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) is mandated to continuously regulate the rental of certain residential units, conduct review of its implementation, and formulate and implement a two-year transition program to cushion the impact in the event of a regulation-free rental housing market.

Among those present during the signing at Malacañang Rizal Hall were Vice President Noli de Castro, chairman of the HUDCC, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and House Speaker Prospero Nograles, who co-authored the law.





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13 Responses to “Republic Act 9653 – The new rent control law”

  1. michael solabo on September 5th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    good day sir/madam, tanong kulang po kong anong rights ng parents ko sa aming inuupahang apartment sa loob ng 38 years. sa bayan po kami ng roxas, oriental mindoro. start po ng upa namin ay 40pesos ngaun po ay 300pesos na. ngayon po ay binigyan kami ng notice na ipapaayos na ung place. kong sino ang gustong mag upa pwedi, at yong hindi ay umalis. kami din po ang nag paayos ng apartment simula pa ng nangupahan ang parents ko. ano po b ang rights namin. ano po ang mga hakbang na dapat naming gawin….pleased send me an e-mail(bios_kiss@yahoo.com)… maraming salamat po…more power…

  2. jesus gines on November 13th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    good day po ma’am/sir, we’ve been renting this house for almost 6 years for p8,000.last year the caretaker of this house wants to increase our rent to p10,000. marami pong sira kaming naabutan d2 sa bahay na ito na kami na ang nagpagawa pero ayaw nilang ibawas sa upa yung ginastos po namin.just recently pumunta sila dito para paalisin na kami we were given until the end of this november to move out from this house tapos hindi pa daw po namin magagamit and 2 months deposit namin para daw sa maiiwan naming bills or sa mga sira na ipapagawa daw nila w/c is so not right. pero nakiusap po kami. hindi po namin alam ang gagawin namin. ano po ang rights namin mga umuupa? your reply is badly needed. thank you very much.

  3. ivy on November 21st, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Good Day po, ask ko lng po abt posa problem ng brother ko sa kanyang bahay na inupuhan lumipat po ung hipag ko mga aug 28, 2010 ang nakipag usap po sa may ari ng bhay ay ang mother namin kasi po nasa barko pa nun yung brother ko and ito nman po hipag ko may anak pa syang 10months kaya di sya ang nakiharap sa may ari usapan po nila ng mama ko 2months deposit at 1500 deposit for the meralco n tubig… tapos po u deposit daw makukuha lng after 2 yrs ng pag stay nila dun sa apartment ,,,kaso po after a week po nung sept dumating na yung brother ko d2 sa pilipinas at sinabi nya sa wife nya na di nila kaya yung 6k na rent lalo na at matatagalan po ulit sya bago maakalis.. kaya po nakiusap ung hipag ko dun sa may ari pero di po sya pinakinggan at di nman daw po sya ang kausap at di daw nya bbgay u deposit kasi usapn daw 2 years pero wla po itong kasulatan at ito ay verbal na uspan lamang ng may ari at ng mama ko… kaso po nagbayad muna ulit ang mama ko ng unang month nila ng pag stay upang muli makiuasap sa may ari na kung ayaw po nila ibalik u deposit e consume nlng nila u deposit kasi po u lilipatang bahay ng brother ko eh wla pang tubig at kuryente di po sya pumayag at araw pinapakuha sa trabahador nya ang susi ng bahay haggang sa lumapit na po kami sa barrangay noong november 12, 2010 at dun po napagkasunduan na aalis na ang kapitid ko nung araw ding yon at ibabalik nila u deposit…. umalis naman po sila at binalik namin yung susi sa pawnshop ng mayri ng bahay nung november 15, 2010 at sinabi sa amin balikan nila ng november 20, 2010 pero ang mama ko na daw dapat ang kuasap nya… kaso po di nman nya binalik ung deposit kung di snabi daw po nya 4k daw po ung sa deposit ng para sa meralco at u the rest sa upa ng bahay 1 month dahil kung di pa daw pumunta yung trabahador nya para kunin yung susi di pa daw nya makuha ito samantalang kami po mismo nagahatid sa kanya at pati po ang baradong puso negro sa sagot daw ng kapatid ko e wala pa po silang 2months tumira dun and malamang po barado iyon gawa nung baha ng baha po noong “ondoy” lumubog po yuing apartment…. ano po kayanng dapat namin gawin para makuha namin yung deposit ng kaptiid ko salamat po.

  4. rebekka on December 21st, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    good pm!ako po ay nakatira sa government property.dahil ito ay kalsada.ang location ko ay sa mandaluyong city.ako po ay nkatira doon ng mga 13yrs na..ako po ay pinaaalis na ng may ari ng tinitirhan kong bahay..kaya lang po wala po akong pera na pambayad sa pang down ng bahay,kasi po ako ay biyuda,at walang regular na trabaho,at walang tumutulong sa mga gastusin at sa pangangailangan ko sa bahay.bali ang kasama ko ay ang aking apo na maliit pa,anim na taon pa lang.kaya napaka laking problema po itong kinakaharap ko dahil kapag pinaalis ako ng may ari ng bahay,wala po akong matitirahan.meron pong nkapag banggit sa akin tungkol sa Joey lina Law,na pag ang isa daw po ay nakatira na sa lugar na yon ng 10 o 20 taon,ay hindi na pwedeng paalisin ng may ari ang nakatira dahil government property naman iyon.nag punta po ako sa PAO at sinabi ko po ung aking problema,ang sagot po ng abugado ay walang karapatan ang sinuman na magpa upa ng bahay sa lupa ng gobyerno..at kung ako daw po ay harasin at paalisin,tumawag daw po ako ng pulis.sana po ay matulungan nio ako sa problema ko.pwede po ba akong hindi umalis doon?salamat po.

  5. isagani on February 4th, 2011 at 2:42 am

    I would like to bring to the attention of our lawmakers and concerned govt officials who are supposed to implement the rent control law to strictly enforce the law and see to it that nobody amongst the millions of low income pilipinos who don’t have their own home and are renting will be violated, I for one is among these underpriveleged citizens of the country who is presently renting a space and getting violated by owners of the space..I believe there should be a hotline where we could readily file our complaints and decided on immediately. the penalties imposed should be more stiffer as to deter these unscrupulous landowners,and apartment owners from continuously abusing their powers.. the barangay level for a start should be given enough powers on this…

  6. cristina roque on February 6th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    good evening! magtatanong lang po ako tungkol sa karapatan ko bilang isang tenant, kami po ay nakatira dito sa bahay na inuupahan namin ng 5years to be exact on this coming feb 12, 2011 simula po sa umpisa ay hindi kami nagkakaroon ng problema sa bayaran ng aking owner 9,000/mo po ang aming upa mula noon hanggang ngayon,every 12th of the month po ang aming bayaran. last year po siguro sa hirap na rin ng buhay nagkakaroon kami ng months na late kami ng 2,000 or 3,000 po pero yun po ay nali late lang ng 5days or sabihin na nating 1 week sa petsang dapat kaming magbayaran, pero monthly naman po ay nag a advance na kami sa kanya ng 3,000 hanggang 4,000 every 4th of the month po nag bibigay na kami sa kanya kasi yun ang dating ng pera ng anak ko basta po nagka pera na kami (yun naman po ay sa dahilang sya na mismo ang nagte txt na mag a advance sya kung meron) ok naman po sa amin kung meron para di rin naman nakakahiya sa kanya kung ma late naman kami pag wala pa kaming pang buo. kanina po nagtxt sya at sinabi nyang 2011 na raw po ngayon at di na raw pwede na putol putol ang bayaran namin, e samantalang pag gusto nyang mag advance lagi naman meron naibibigay. ang sabi po nya kung ganun daw po lagi yung anak na lang daw po nya ang patitirahin nya dito, sir/mam ano po ba ang dapat naming gawin baka bigla po nya kami paalisin nais ko lang pong malaman ang mga rights ko bilang isang mabuting tenant naman sa kanya, sana po ay matugunan nyo ang aking katanungan, mabait din naman po kasi sya medyo may bisyo lang kaya kung minsan ay mahirap unawain ayoko rin naman pong magkasamaan kami ng loob, ang inyo pong tugon ay aking hihintayin, thank you po and GOD bless…

  7. John on April 23rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Good evening po, kami po ay 3 taon at 3 buwan nang nangungupahan dito sa cavite, nitong january 2011 lang po ay nagtaas ng upa sa bahay ang may-ari at ang gusto po niyang mangyari ay dagdagan rin namin ang aming deposit at advance. Gusto ko lang pong malaman kung dapat nga bang dagdagan pa ang deposit at advance. Salamat po.

  8. Mayie on April 27th, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Good day! Is there a right to have an increase in rental after the Dec. 31, 2008 law expires
    Thank you.

  9. eva on July 13th, 2011 at 3:29 am

    good day..4 years na po kmi nagrerent ng commercial space dito sa batangas..ngayon po bigla ng lng po sinabi ng may-ari na kukunin nya yong space kasi paparentahn nya sa iba..wala naman po kaming nilabag sa mga napagksunduan namin..lagi png advance ang monthly dues namin kc di pa due date kumukuha na sya ng cash..ok naman po relationship namin sa knila..para kasing unfair sa aming tenant na pag gusto nila paupahan yong space mo bigla k na lng papaalisin..konting advice lng po..thanks

  10. beth on January 15th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    question: weve been renting the place for more than 5yrs now.first, we rented it at 3000php/mo. last two years, we are renting it at 4500php/mo. and we dont pay it on due date which is every 11th of the month, we are to pay 4900php/mo. my sister have no definite income for a year now. so we have deliquents with our payments. as of today, we have 5mos unpaid. but, whenever possible, we give them whatever we can raise though not the whole amount. is short, we have movements with our payments. the apartment is up and down. we live at the bottom and the owner lives above. we only have one meter for our electric bill and water as well. they only give a share of 500php/mo for the electric and 100php/mo for the water. now, they have been dragging us with payments and even telling us to take our motorcycle honda wave 100, or any items at home and even locked the house so we can leave. we’ve been always asking them some patience in time to pay our dues. though i have a stable job, i pay for our electric bill and water bill. i cannot have it all. in time that my sister will be stable again with her income, we only wish for them to be patient. anyway, it was only since last year that my sister wasnt able to cope with her income. how are we to proceed this matter legally? please advise.

  11. ronnel cerantes on March 28th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    question- nangungupahan kami d2 sa parañaque… yung landlord namin ndi nagpapagawa ng mga sirang part ng bahay kaya kami na lang ang nagpapagawa tapos gusto niya pang mag increase ng upa. ano po bang pwedeng maging aksyon about d2?
    tnx.

  12. archie on April 3rd, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Sir, I am renting a house for 20,500 and never was a time i made a delay in payment due to my issuance of post dated checks. Ng nabasa ko ho ang RA 9653 sinabi po dun na the ACT covers only those 10,000 rental and below. Ang tanong ko lang po, since we are required for a one month advance and two months security deposit – pwede ko po bang ipaglaban na one month lang dapat ang security deposit ? we would like to leave the house already for a more cheaper house but the landlord said we cannot use the one month of the two months security deposit. Frankly we are having financial problem right now and we wish we could just at least use the one month out of the two months we deposited as security- PWEDE ba pong i-apply ang batas na ito in terms sa security deposit kahit ang rent po namin ay 20T a month?

  13. rose delos santos on May 16th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    sana may admin pa ang page na ito. i really need help.
    ung byenan ko namatay na 3yrs ago and pinamana ung apartments sa asawa ko and he gave the apartments to me verbally. so ako ang nagmamanage at gmagamit ng upa dahil sumakabilang bahay na sya. ngaun ung isang tenant ko pinaalis ko dahil lilipat na anak ko sa inuupahan nila kasi nagasawa na. nung una gusto nila gamitin ang deposit sabi ko hindi pwede dahil i need to check the repairs dahil 4yrs din sila dun so im sure may mga dapat na irepair doon. after i filed a complaint sa brgy they finally started to move out. ang concern ko is 6,500 lang ang deposit nila sa byenan ko and sabi nila their bills all in all are up to around 10k per month. sabi ko akina mga bills ayaw nila ibigay kesyo tinapon na daw nila. pwede ba nila gawin un na hindi issurender ung bills sa akin? hindi naman nakapangalan sa knila un. and i need those to check what is their average consumption para i know how much is their share sa next bill na lalabas coz they still used the ilaw ang tubig for 18days. ayaw nila ibigay eh pano ko malalaman ang average consumption nila to figure out magkano per day ang usage nila? sabi nila sila na bahala magcompute dahil engineer naman daw ang misis nya.

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