Can foreigners acquire lands in the Philippines?

by Prime Radar Team  March 10, 2014

Generally No. In case of foreigners they may lease for a period of 25 years renewable for another 25 years. In case of foreign investors, they may lease for 50 years renewable for another 25 years wherein the purpose is solely for investment.

They can only acquire in the following cases:

  • - Purchase before the 1935 Constitution
  • - Acquisition in case of hereditary succession if the foreigner is a legal heir
  • - Purchase in a condominium not exceeding 40% interest in the project (60% interest is the minimum allocation for Filipinos)
  • - Purchase by former natural born Filipino citizen under B.P 185 and R.A 8179
B.P 185 (Residential) R.A 8179 (Business)
1000 square meters for urban land 5000 square meters for urban land
1 hectare for rural land 3 hectares for rural land

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