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Montville Place – Taytay,(Harvard Multiland Realty Corporation) No Certificate of Registration and License to Sell per HLURB

Any couples wanting to have their own house and lot? We’d like to share with you how making decisions while you’re extremely excited and happy can lead you to regret it. Last February, we paid a reservation fee of Php 30,000.00 for a unit at Montville Place Taytay and started paying our monthly amortization of Php 25, 043. 34 for the down payment/equity. We are on our 6th month of paying and are excited to move in to our very own home in 12 months. When we visited Montville Place last month and saw that there were only few improvements after six months but we chose to be positive and shrugged it off. Thanks to a friend who asked us if Montville was able to present to us a Certificate of Registration and License to Sell. Of course, we got curious and immediately “googled” the answers.  When we checked out the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board’s website we weren’t able to find Montville Place Taytay in their updated list. Because we wanted to make sure that we have a proof to present to their office, we secured a Certificate from the HLURB office which they were able to produce along with an official receipt last September 16, 2015.

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According to Presidential Decree No. 957 Section 5, License to sell. – Such owner or dealer to whom has been issued a registration certificate shall not, however, be authorized to sell any subdivision lot or condominium unit in the registered project unless he shall have first obtained a license to sell the project within two weeks from the registration of such project. The Authority, upon proper application therefore, shall issue to such owner or dealer of a registered project a license to sell the project if, after an examination of the registration statement filed by said owner or dealer and all the pertinent documents attached thereto, he is convinced that the owner or dealer is of good repute, that his business is financially stable, and that the proposed sale of the subdivision lots or condominium units to the public would not be fraudulent.

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We went to Montville Place’s main office in Quezon City and presented our Certificate from HLURB. We told their Marketing Manager, Rey Torrecampo and one of their accounting staff, Sanley Odiver that we would like to discontinue our transaction with them and demanded a full refund which is due to us since their activity is fraudulent. We were asked to submit a Demand letter to their management for “approval”. Ms. Odiver promised to provide a feedback within the week. To our dismay, she did not even move a finger after we left. We went back last Monday, September 28, 2015 and demanded for an answer. She was insisting that our contract which by the way is already considered void and not even notarized says that we are not entitled for a refund should we decide to discontinue our transaction. We asked her if she understands where we are coming from and if she knows what HLURB is. We even asked her if she is aware that Montville Place are subject to paying penalties should we decide to raise this to HLURB. She said that she is fully aware of this and that they are already in the “process” of securing a license to sell. Yes, after more than a year of selling units!

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We recorded our conversation and asked for a specific date and time on when they could provide us a feedback. She told us that she will be contacting us today, September 30, 2015 after lunch. We received an SMS from her (11:38am) that she has yet to receive a feedback from the “management”. I would guess that this cycle of “I’ll give you a feedback” thing will just go on and on til we get tired of doing follow-ups.

To the young couples out there or those who would like to invest in real estate properties, stay away from Montville Place (Harvard Multiland Realty Corporation). Don’t waste your hard earned money and learn from our experience.

To Montville Place Developer (Harvard Multiland Realty Corporation) owned by Richard and Carol Chuateco, we urge you to stop your fraudulent activities. Stop taking advantage of other people’s hard earned money.

UPDATE: http://www.migsandalaine.com/index.php/2016/01/31/our-response-to-harvard-multiland-realty-corporations-demand-letter/

Migs and Alaine

29 Comments

  1. What a nightmare! 🙁 I wish everything will be settled soon.

  2. Oh my goodness, those poor couples! I hope this gets settled soon and that more people won’t be reeled in by these kinds of things.

  3. Oh no! I hope everything will end well, Mommy! Kaya yan! and Thanks for the headsup.

  4. Thanks for the info. It must be really difficult for you. I hope everything will be okay soon. 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing. It is important to deal with known developers. Another thing home buyers should be looking at is the quality of building materials used. I cannot stress enough the importance of research and study before parting with your hard earned money.

  6. Omg!!! nakakatakot naman, hope everything will be fine soon. Pray lang mommy, nagulat ako sa reservation na 30,000????? samantalang dito near in Montalban only 10,000 pesos reservation. Di masyadong masakit sa bulsa.

  7. Thanks for the warning! Hope it will get resolved the soonest. There are so many things to consider when buying something this big.

  8. Ngayon palang sila nag apply ng certification after a year of selling units? Kaloka ha. Okay sana kung barya barya lang ang binabayad sa kanya. Hope everything is settled mommy. God bless.

  9. Sad to hear about this, mommy. Praying that everything will be settled soonest.

  10. I’m working in the real estate industry (well, moonlighting), and yes there are really a lot of projects without an LTS in the market. Brokers and salespersons aren’t authorised to sell units, but it still happens especially with developers that have been in the market for a long time. As for your concern, technically you can demand for a refund but the developer can also opt not to give it to you (as far as I know) since the sale is considered valid. I think they’d rather pay administrative fines rather than give you a refund. If there’s also a delay in turnover, if they promised you that the unit will be ready in 12 months, you can file a complaint because they are supposed to deliver that promise. You can demand a refund on that basis too. In the future, to be safe, go with developers that have been in the business for a long time.

  11. How’s it going now? I really hope you get back your money, all of it. If you know others who are also buying from them, maybe you could all file a complaint or something, together. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  12. That’s awful! I hope everything will be okay soon.

  13. omg, this is crazy, i hope you guys are able to sort things out soon.

  14. That—is not good. They better clear their name by setting themselves straight. I hope you get your money back though.

    And please, for that realtor, act right away instead of uttering words like ‘will get back on you’ for numerous times. It’s quite frustrating to wait for any response of actions only to see hopes get down and anger flaring up when you had customers encountering situations like that—and for every single time.

  15. awwww.. this is scary! i am also looking for investments right now, thanks for the warning!

  16. Oh my god this is horrible! Imagine paying more than 20k per month for nothing?! I really hope this blog post of yours reach the right people.

  17. Caroline batarilan

    January 20, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Same thing nangyri saming mag asawa. Kumuha din kmi ng isang unit jn s knila s montville place taytay nalaman ko na wla nga silang license to sell nakapagdown n kmi ng 540k + 30k reservation fee plus 48, 679 monthly fees. Nagkaron kmi ng case s HLURB dahil sinampahan namin sila ng kaso dun. Pinastop payment nmin nung aug ung cheke namin. Ng magkasundo kuno natapos kuno ung problema nung nov. pinalift nmin ung stop payment s bpi winidraw nla ung nov n cheke pagdting ng dec d nla winidraw at nung first wk ng january dis yr nagpunta ang husband ko s knla ang sbi bayaran daw nmin ung 16k n penalty ksma daw ung january it means khit nsa knla ung cheke kapag gusto k nlang lagayn ng interes d nla kukunin ung nsa cheke pra magbayad k ng fine. Ng kinukuha ng husband ko ung lumang cheke n 5months at ppalitan nya ng kabuuan ng 5mons ayaw nla ibigay ung luma it means pati ung lumang cheke gusto nilang iwidraw. Kung gusto nyo maam at sir magreklamo kau s HLURB din same month at yr pla tau kumuha feb din kmi last yr ngpreserve at nagdown kmi ng march 1yr na almost pinapasakit ng montville ang ulo naming mag asawa. Si sanley odiver eh prang asong utusan ng mga amo nla s main office. Mga sagot nyan sau eh ittnung pa po s management. Andun lang naman s kbilang kwarto ang amo nla. Magsampa po kau ng complain s HLURB mam and sir pra malaman ng HLURB n mdmi ng reklamo s knla. D nla ibbgay ang pera nyo mam and sir khit magpablik balik p kau s knla. S HLURB kau magreklamo. Lumipat n po ang HLURB nsa quezon ave n po sila s me hitop. Magtulungan po tau. By the way kmi po si reynaldo and caroline batarilan.

  18. Many many thanks for all the information I have read/gathered in your post and thread. We are almost in the process of closing our deal with them ( the same developer ) and releasing our hard earned money . This time it is in Village East Executive Village , Cainta Rizal. I found your blog and ended our transaction with them. Again, many many thanks, you have saved our hard earned money. God bless.

    • admin

      May 16, 2016 at 12:53 am

      You’re welcome. We’re happy to know that we were able to help people in our own little way.

  19. many thanks ma’am and sir’ Last minute review na to; I was about to proceed sa contract signing namin tomorrow; and made PDC for 20% dp actually hinihingi pa nga 30% >.< thanks po I cancelled my reservation, di na bale ma void ung 30k kesa nmn pagsisihan ko pag naka sign nq ng contract;

  20. Lebanie Gutierrez

    July 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Hello I’ m Lebanie Gutierrez at nakakuha din po kami sa kanila ng 1 unit sa Montville Place sa Sauyo Q.C po 680k na po at full do na ang naibigay namin sa kanila tpos as promised na in house financing po kami at since last year po nangungulit na ako sa approval at how much maging monthly payment naman kasi po nakatayo na ang bahay namin till mow wala approval at sabi antay pa approval ng management mahigit 1 year na po at ang masakit ang penalty nila sa amin ay nasa 592k na po last Month tpos ang sabi po by this Monday July 18 in a assign na nila sa ibang buyer ang pera namin. Ganun sila ka manloloko po hindi dila kikilos papatagalin jila tpos i penalty ka ng walang basehan. Buti sana kung bank financing ako at di ko inasikaso dun.pwede sila mag charge ng penalty pero di pa apprive ang in house ko na dapat sila mag asikaso eh umapaw na ang penalty namin at mwawalan pa kami ng bahay . 4 1/2 years na di nakauwi ang mister ko para lang ma iloan ang pang down namin na parang hangin. Mag file na din po kami ng reklamo sa HLURB at magpapatulong na po kami kay Pres Duterte kasi mukhang malabo po na mai refund k9 ang buong pera ko sa kanila. Ito po ang contact numbets ko if in case gusti niyo po na magsama sama tayo 09275224037 / 09219899432. Magbtxt nalang po muna kayo ha at magpakilala po ha. May our almighty father help us all through out our fight . This is His battle not mine . God bless everyone.

  21. tapos n daw unit nmin in tayaty im thinking a week ago kung mgbabayad ako for the full payment cash worth 1,106,700 (70% balance) the bank dis approved my application before, anyway thats not my point, i have already prepared this hard earned money. Pero sa mga blogs na nababasa ko, and the way harvard realty talks with me nagdadalawang isip talaga ako.
    Hayaan ko na lng ba yung dp ko na worth 474,000 na mawala na lang o sumugal ako at magbayad pa ng balance at maghintay sa kanila?? admin please help. im asking kase the scanned copy of the title and the DOAS before ako pumunta office nila to check it.. grabe nakakagalit di nila mapgbigyan request ko?? need pa dw ipa aproove sa mngmt nila???? hello?? last sept. 2015 pa natapos dp ko.

  22. magulang p s mga magulang nila ang kompanyang yan,hndi aatend ng hearing s hlrub binabale wala lang at may tao dn yta sila s loob,sana ilaban nyo ang karapatan nyo kc hnd nila tlga ibabalik un ibinayad nyo n inutang at pinaghirapan ng dugo at pawis at buhay ng pamilya nyo ,balewala s kanila un..lagi on leave ,bakasyon ,wala un may ari at d pumasok rason nila kada may transaksyon pra tumagal at mabaon lang s problema s bayaran..

  23. Hi good day!

    Thank you po sa blog na to, sobrang helpful po. Parang kumikita rin sila sa reservation fee. Hi admin, may we know your email address ?

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