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I BOUGHT A CONDO UNIT IN THE PHILIPPINES THROUGH AN AGENT HERE IN UK, THE FIRST TIME I FILLED IN THE RESERVATION FORM I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO SIGNED AND PUT MY NAME AS THE BUYER BECAUSE MY HUSBAND DOES NOT WANT TO BE INVOLVE IN ANY BUYING OR DOCUMENTS WHATSOEVER. I SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCTED THE AGENT THAT IF THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT THE FORM AS ONLY ME, AS THE SOLE BUYER I WILL NOT BUY THE UNIT. (THE FORM IS DESIGNED TO BE SIGNED BY HUSBAND AND WIFE IF MARRIED). I SUBMITTED THE FORM BUT AFTER PROBABLY TWO WEEKS THE AGENT RETURNED TO ME THE REGISTRATION FORM SAYING THAT THEY HAVE AGREED THAT IT IS ONLY MY NAME WHO WILL APPEAR IN THE CONTRACT BUT THAT I HAVE TO PUT MY HUSBANDS NAME FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES ONLY EVEN HE WILL NOT SIGN BECAUSE I AM MARRIED, SO I WROTE HIS NAME BUT I DID NOT ASKED MY HUSBAND TO SIGN AND THEY ACCEPTED IT WITHOUT HIS SIGNATURE. WHEN THE CONTRACT OF SALE CAME OUT AFTER MORE THAT ONE YEAR OF ME CHASING IT, IT FINALLY ARRIVED WITH MY HUSBANDS NAME AS CO-BUYER, MY HUSBAND REFUSED TO SIGN THE CONTRACT BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WANT TO BE INVOLVE, I ASKED THEM TO CHANGE THE CONTRACT INTO MY NAME ONLY BUT THEY SAID THAT THE LAW IN THE PHILIPPINES SAYS THAT IF YOU ARE MARRIED THE PROPERTY BOUGHT SHOULD BE A CONJUGAL PROPERTY, THEY DID NOT EXPLAIN THIS TO ME AT THE SIGNING OF THE REGISTRATION FORM, ALSO I AM A FILIPINO BY BIRTH, BUT I DON'T KNOW THE LAW BECAUSE FIRSTLY I HAVE NEVER BOUGHT A PROPERTY IN THE PHILIPPINES BEFORE AND SECONDLY I HAVE LIVE ABROAD FOR ALMOST 16 YEARS AND I DON'T GO ON HOLIDAY IN THE PHILIPPINES OFTEN, I HAVE ONLY BEEN THERE FOR A MONTH ONCE SINCE I GOT MARRIED IN 1999. THEY HAVE SUGGESTED A LOT OF REMEDY FOR ME TO CARRY ON TO CHANGE THE NAME INCLUDING A SUGGESTION THAT THEY WILL CHANGE THE NAME IF I PAY 100002.00 PESOS PLUS CHARGES, EQUIVALENT TO ABOUT £1500 POUNDS PLUS CHARGES. I REFUSE TO TO THIS AS I DON'T HAVE MONEY, ANOTHER SUGGESTION IS FOR ME TO GIVE IT TO MY SON WHO IS A MINOR BUT STILL I HAVE TO PAY ABOUT £300 POUNDS PLUS 6% OF CONTRACT PRICE, I DID NOT AGREE AGAIN AS I'VE SAID THEY ARE THE ONE WHO SHOULD SHOULDER THE CHARGES BECAUSE IT IS THEIR FAULT, NOW THE CONDO UNIT IS FINISHED AND IT'S TIME TO BE TURNOVER THIS APRIL TO THE BUYER BUT STILL MY CONTRACT OF SALE IS IN LIMBO. THE LATEST THEY SUGGEST IS FOR ME TO GET A COURT ORDER REGARDING THIS. I DON'T KNOW A COURT ORDER AND EVEN DON'T KNOW HOW IT WORKS. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I WILL SUE THIS PERSON WHO HAD SOLD ME THE CONDO UNIT,WOULD I WIN? IT HAS CAUSED ME A LOT OF STRESS AND SLEEPLESS NIGHT PLUS MONEY CALLING THE PHILIPPINE OFFICE AND TRIPS TO LONDON EMBASSY FOR PAPERWORK THAT DID NOT WORK. IF I WILL GET A COURT ORDER HOW DO I GET IT. PLEASE ADVISE. THANK YOU EVELYN XXXXXX

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