Living in Iloilo
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Finding accommodation in Iloilo might not be an easy task. Here are some tips to guide you throughout your search.

Iloilo, nicknamed the “Heart of the Philippines”, is a province stretching over 4,663 km² in the South of the country and Northeast of Panay Island, precisely in the Visayas region. The province is, in fact, in the West of the archipelago and consists of 75% virgin lands, 25% forests, and 7,000 hectares of redwood.

Iloilo City is the main gateway to the major tourist and business destinations in the Western Visayas region. It is also deemed to be the region's political centre as nearly 90% of the regional government offices are found there. By car, Iloilo City is 25 minutes away from the Cabatuan International Airport. The province consists of 42 municipalities and 1,901 villages called barangays. Iloilo City is its capital city. The local population mainly speaks Hiligaynon.

 Good to know:

Culture Trip noted Iloilo City in the top 10 best places to live in the Philippines in 2018 due to its genuinely kind people and a highly urbanized setting while fostering a relaxed atmosphere. It was also declared as the most livable city in the country in 2014.

Neighbourhoods

The province of Iloilo has five congressional districts, composed of 43 different municipalities. Based on their 2016 Annual Provincial Profile, the following municipalities are considered first class in terms of income classification: Calinog, Dumangas, Janiuay, Lambunao, Miag-ao, Oton, and Pototan.

The City Proper district is the heart of Iloilo City where main government buildings are found. It also has the most service and commercial establishments among all districts. The main avenue stretching half a kilometre is called Calle Real. Jaro is a district where most of Iloilo’s old rich families reside, building famous villas and mansions that are now tourist attractions. La Paz is said to be a good residential area because of its elevation and has many commercial establishments around.

Here are some of the condominiums and subdivisions in Iloilo City:

  • Condominiums

    • Avida Towers Iloilo – Atria, at Mandurriao

    • LaFayette Park Square, at Iloilo Business Park

    • One Madison Place, at Iloilo Business Park

    • The Palladium, at Iloilo Business Park

    • Saint Honore & Saint Dominique, at Iloilo Business Park

  • Subdivisions

    • Green Meadows, at Pavia and Jaro

    • Savannah Iloilo, at Oton

    • Lumina Homes, at Oton

    • Acropolis, at Arevalo

    • La Residencia Iloilo, at Arevalo

    • Monte Rosa Residential Estate, at Mandurriao

    • Parc Regency Iloilo, at Pavia

    • Park Place Iloilo, at Leganes

    • Prime Estates, at La Paz

    • Westwood Iloilo, at Jaro

Find an accommodation in Iloilo

There is no magical formula to find appropriate accommodation in Iloilo. Expatriates living on the spot are unanimous: it is best to be in the city to look for accommodation. Indeed, you will be able to inquire with your friends and contacts and stroll around different neighbourhoods in search of the ideal housing unit. This will also allow you to find more affordable long-term rentals as you are more likely to find expensive and short-term offers online. Although most Filipinos speak English fluently, it is best to register with a real estate agency to have more chances of finding accommodation according to your criteria.

Rent prices

Rent is cheaper in Iloilo, compared to other major cities such as Manila and Cebu. Feel free to negotiate with the owner. For instance, you will need some 100 euros per month in the city centre for a single-bedroom apartment against 60 euros per month for the same in the outskirts. For a three-bedroom apartment, you will need about 250 euros per month in the city centre against 160 euros per month in the outskirts.

Lease

In general, you are required to pay a deposit equal to two months rent. You will also need to pay one month's rent upon signing the lease document. In some cases, the owner may request you to pay an advance rent varying from 6 months to one year, depending on the lease term. Regarding one-year term leases, they are automatically renewed for a similar period unless you give at least a month’s prior notice to the owner of your intention to vacate the premises.

In some regions, written contracts are a rare practice. However, according to real estate laws, a lease document has to be signed by both parties following verification and approval by a specialized lawyer.

 Good to know:

In general, the deposit should be refunded to you on vacating the housing unit. But in some cases, owners try to find faults on the state of the housing unit during your occupation period to avoid refunding the deposit. Moreover, some owners do not even bother to make an inventory of the premises before letting the housing unit. Feel free to take as many pictures as possible when visiting the housing unit and insist on an inventory to be carried out on vacating it.

 Useful links:

Iloilo official website
Iloilo guide
Iloilo real estate
Property 24
Craiglist
Everyhouse

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