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Rental law is the key to being a happy expat tenant
By Garland M. Baker
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Renting properties in Costa Rica is as common for locals as it is for foreigners. However, relationships with landlords may be negative for expats who expect property owners to adhere to the basic rental laws. When renting a property in Costa Rica, expats can expect many headaches along the way, most of them provoked by landlord negligence.

Even though landlord problems occur in every country, if Costa Rica is the country of choice, expats may be better off buying than renting. Foreigners who plan to live in the country temporarily should prepare to deal with frustrating situations, miscommunications and neighbor issues provoked or plainly overlooked by property owners.

There's one fact expats can count on: Most landlords in Costa Rica never read the rental law (No. 7527). They have no idea about their rights or duties as property owners or about violations or legal procedures that protect both tenants and owners.

Another fact is that even though some landlords have no idea about the content of the rental law, they will likely and blatantly violate it numerous times, and most of the time they can get away with it.

Costa Ricans tend to avoid confrontation. Culturally, Ticos are taught that standing one’s ground is a sign of rebellion, and as a family-centered culture, Costa Rica has done a pretty good job teaching its citizens that obedience and passivity are the best attitudes in life. That is mainly the reason why business owners and landlords have had the upper hand when it comes to abusing or neglecting their roles in society.

Therefore, once a tenant or customer decides to fight for rights and demand quality for what they are paying, common reactions from service providers or landlords are shock, indifference and even confrontation.

Many landlords have only one goal: Getting the most for the least. They do not flinch at violating the law if it means saving money. Expats should not be surprised if they encounter any of the following situations while renting in Costa Rica.:

Insecurity. Some apartment buildings lack safe, sturdy gates or security systems to keep tenants safe. Many buildings lack intercoms, making it easy for criminals to be buzzed in by mistake or  to break in. Only very exclusive buildings have 24-hour security guards or intercoms with cameras. Many tenants come home to find their living quarters emptied by burglars that were mistakenly buzzed in.

Options: In this case, expats cannot protect themselves legally against negligence by the landlord concerning insecure facilities.

Misleading contract clauses. Rental contracts are supposed to have a group of clauses warning tenants of the rules to follow before considering moving into the apartment or house. However, consequences for violating certain clauses are sometimes not specified in the document, making it impossible to know how those violations will be punished. The most common of these situations is a contract specifying that pets are absolutely prohibited in the building. Then some months later one or two neighbors get pets. Problems like excessive noise from barking, odors and dog attacks against neighbors from untrained dogs and negligent pet owners can follow. 

Options: Getting some legal advice is key in finding out how to make rental contracts enforceable against insensitive landlords.

Hidden apartment problems. Once a tenant leaves, some landlords tend to repair only the most visible problems, and more serious ones are left untouched until the new tenant complains about them, which can take months until noticed. That buys landlords time to enjoy the initial deposit — which is equal to a month’s rent — and to procrastinate about fixing problems when notified by the tenant. Some landlords play dirty by blaming tenants for recurring problems that can be easily disguised as new problems, such as pipe obstructions and water leaks.

Options: Having a lawyer inspect the apartment before moving in and documenting its condition will help identify which are recurring and new problems. Having another inspection before moving out will protect tenants and help them get back their whole deposit because landlords will not be able to invent or exaggerate damages left by tenants. Besides, according to Section 30 of the rental law, any major deficiencies in the property unknown by the tenant are reason enough to request a proportional deduction of the rent amount. Depending on how serious they are, tenants can file for damages.

Maintenance negligence. Even after months of constantly getting notified by tenants of problems, some landlords have the nerve to gracefully ignore them and use their favorite weapon of choice: words. Sweet little promises or placing blame on contractors that do not show up are common responses that can take months to surmount. Such cases usually end up in legal action by the tenant to break the cycle. Landlords generally tend to push the envelope.

Options: E-mail notifications are much better than phone calls from tenants in case the situation goes out of hand. After informally notifying a landlord of a problem immediately it is noticed, landlords might take care of it right away, wait a little or ignore it for months. According to the rental law, if landlords do not fix the problem 10 business days after getting notified, tenants can take care of it and deduct the cost from the rent. If tenants
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want landlords to take care of the problem instead (as it should always happen), the situation gets more complicated for tenants. The law details that if the problem is not fixed within the 10 business days after notifying the landlord, tenants can go to court and seek permission from a judge to deposit the next rent payment in court.

The judge evaluates the situation and, if approved, the judge sends a court notice to a landlord to force the owner to take care of the problem before getting the rent from court. There is a process to follow, however, before going to court:

• Tenants have to document all the notifications sent informally (by e-mail) to landlords in a formal letter that must be printed and illustrated by pictures of the problem. The letter must end giving the landlord 10 business days to fix the problem, stating that otherwise the tenant will go to court (juzgado con jurisdicción) and deposit the money of the rent.

• Tenants must get two impartial witnesses – police officers are recommended, since judges will take it more seriously than if family members or neighbors witness it – to attest that the document was delivered to the landlord. If tenants decide to go to the police, they should ask for an acta de observación diligence. Calling services by their correct names saves tenants the run-around in police stations. Requesting for a witnessing service incorrectly will immediately raise a red flag among policemen and they will send tenants to different municipal offices that will not help at all.

• Once the document has been given to the landlord and the acta de observación is duly filled out by the police officers, tenants wait the 10 days.

• If the problem is never fixed, tenants must go to a lawyer to prepare a document to take to court about the case. All proof must be kept and submitted (pictures, acta de observación, letter, e-mail copies) to the lawyer.

• Tenants agree on a day to go to court with their lawyer and process their case. If approved or denied, the judge dictates the procedure to follow.

Neighbor disputes. Even though Costa Ricans tend to be mellow and passive, they can also get quite violent with neighbors or when driving. Ticos can be really territorial. Therefore, whether it is complaints about noise, garbage or pets, landlords do not necessarily strive to keep the peace among tenants. Tenants have the obligation to notify landlords when neighboring tenants cross the line. Landlords are responsible for solving any problems keeping the peace in the rental building. However, that rule is rarely followed. Landlords might even make things worse by not using tact when talking about the problem or blaming the complaining neighbor for being too inflexible.

Reluctance to solve neighbor property issues. Problems from neighboring properties such as large trees that cover one’s backyard, excessive noise, garbage, among others, are most likely going to be ignored by landlords until tenants take it to a law enforcement level.

Options: Tenants should not take the matter into their own hands in this case. They have to make landlords deal with other property owners, since they are solely responsible for their piece of land, even if it is affecting their tenants only. Therefore, the legal steps specified above for maintenance negligence must be followed by tenants in order to get neighbor problems solved.

The rental law specifies all rights and duties for both tenants and landlords, as well as many legal procedures both parties can opt for in different circumstances.

Nevertheless, many landlords get scared once they see their tenants are serious people who will not let anybody walk all over them. Showing up at their door with two police officers, filling out an acta de observación and having a well-written letter with good pictures attached will likely do the trick, and no further legal action may be needed. Landlords sometimes are just lazy and only need a reality check to do their job. Otherwise, courts tend to protect anybody who presents a well-documented case.

Tenants must keep in mind that if they take any legal action against landlords, they may be subject to more negligence in the future or even spiteful revenge tactics from resentful landlords. The rental law specifies that unhappy landlords can notify the tenants to vacate any time after three years of living in their property, but if the apartment is located in the same lot as the landlords’ home and they share a common entrance, tenants can be evicted any time and for any reason.

Garland M. Baker is a 37-year resident and naturalized citizen of Costa Rica who provides multidisciplinary professional services to the international community.  Reach him at info@crexpertise.com.  Baker has undertaken the research leading to these series of articles in conjunction with A.M. Costa Rica.  Find the collection at http://crexpertise.info, a complimentary reprint is available at the end of each article.  Copyright 2004-2009, use without permission prohibited.


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Situated on the Great Lakes in the heart of North America, Toronto is Canada's largest city and capital of Ontario, Canada's largest province. More than 200 million people live within a three-hour flight or one-day drive of the city, with 30 direct flights to participating countries on 15 airlines.
 
Toronto was chosen as host site over competitors Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru. The winning city's $1.4-billion Canadian plan is built around a core of existing and proven world-class facilities used for professional sports, six new athletic venues and a well-designed, sustainable athlete's village on Toronto's waterfront. New venues include a stadium for athletics, indoor velodrome, Canadian Sports Institute facility and Aquatics Centre, as well as two additional 50-meter pools.
 
The Pan Am Games are a major international multi-sport event, held every four years for athletes of the 42 member nations. The Pan American Games consists of all Summer Olympic sports, plus other non-Olympic events, and serve as an Olympic-qualifier for a number of participating sports. The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10-26 and the Parapan American Games Aug. 7-14. The last edition of the games was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July 2007 and the next is for Guadalajara, Mexico in October 2011.
 
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The nation may get a little break today from pounding afternoon and evening downpours.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the skies will be cloudy this afternoon but with just isolated rain, mostly in the mountains. Crews will be out taking stock of the damage after what became Hurricane Ida dumped days of heavy rains on the country.

Reports have come in of some flooding, landslides on major highways and of some less traveled routes being closed completely. Ida is heading into the open sea after hitting the Yucatan in México.  See story HERE!

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Some 50 works of 20th century Costa Rican art are in Nicaragua for an exposition in the Teatro Nacional Rubén Dario. The exposition runs until Nov. 29. Previously the exposition was in El Salvador and in Guatemala.

The works include 50 paintings and 10 sculptures by leading Costa Rican artists of the 20th century. Featured works include those from the Grupo Ocho, which were well known in the 1960s and 1970 as well as the Bocaracá group that followed in the 1980s.

Marine Corp league forming

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Organizers are more than half way towards forming a U.S. Marine Corps league in Costa Rica.

A retired U.S. Navy commander, Melvin J. Goldberg, said that 12 Marines living here have signed up but that 20 are needed to establish a detachment in Costa Rica. All Marines and U.S. Navy corpsmen who trained with the Marines are eligible. Other U.S. veterans are eligible for associate membership, he said.

The league supports programs to help and support the aims of the U.S. Marine Corps. Goldberg can be reached at 2288-0454 or 8870-6756

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As the last negotiating session before next month’s U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen concluded Friday, a senior official with the world body called on countries to push ahead to deliver on a strong international agreement to tackle global warming.

“Copenhagen can and must be the turning point in the international fight against climate change — nothing has changed my confidence in that,” said Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In Copenhagen, governments are expected to agree to a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 treaty which has strong, legally binding measures committing 37 industrialized states to cutting emissions by an average of 5 per cent against 1990 levels over the period from 2008 to 2012.

Confrontation becomes murder

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The time was 4:30 p.m. Saturday when  67-year-old Heiner Solera Luna confronted a man he thought had stolen his bicycle.  The theft suspect pulled out a knife and fatally stabbed the man at a bar in Paraíso de Sixaola, Cantón de Talamanca, said the Fuerza Pública.

Just a kilometer away on a public street police captured the principal suspect of the murder, identified by the last names of  Bustos Díaz.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Panamá is building two new navy bases on the Pacific, and some sources say that these bases plus two more will be used by the United States in its war on drugs.

Published reports in Panamá said that President Ricardo Martinelli and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reached agreement on United States use of the bases, but there have been no official announcements by the United States. Panama did announce that it is constructing two new bases, one on the Pacific at Bahia Piña near the Colombian border and one in Punta Coco in Veraguas province, also on the Pacific.

Organizations opposed to the U.S. expansion say that another base will be at Rambala in Bocas del Toro province and a fourth in the Archipiélago de las Perlas about 30 kms. south of Panama City in the Pacific.
 
The United States eliminated its permanent presence in Panamá in 1999 under the treaty that turned over the canal to local control. However, there have been periodic visits by personnel of the U.S. Southern Command to Panamá for training purposes or for humanitarian efforts.

Some of these visits have been to a Panamanian base at Rambala, which is just south of Costa Rica's Sixaola.
Under the previous administration Panamá said that it would not host a U.S. presence. The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard are conducting continual operations in the Pacific and Caribbean to defeat drug traffickers who come from Colombia or Ecuador. Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador, evicted the United States from that country's air
base at Manta where continual anti-drug flights originated.

Costa Rica's Constitution forbids foreign military bases here, and foreign military vessels even need legislative approval to dock for shore leave.

In addition to those who oppose U.S. expansion into Latin America for philosophical reasons, others are trying to limit the effectiveness of U.S. anti-drug efforts. There have been some essays published in Costa Rica opposing U.S. use of the bases in Panamá.

Any discontent here is overshadowed by the controversy over the agreement between the U.S. and Colombia to use bases there for the aircraft forced out of Ecuador. Colombian President Álvaro Uribe is the strongest U.S. ally in the region. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez does not like Uribe or the United States. Chávez has purchased Russian tanks, aircraft and other military goods.  Most recently signed an agreement to buy Russian short-range missiles. Chávez also invited the Russian northern fleet to visit and conduct joint exercises with his navy.


Government orders a vote by dock workers in Limón
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The works ministry has ordered the leaders of the Limón docks union to hold a general meeting and vote on the government's plan to award the port in a concession to a private operator.

The leadership of the troublesome dock workers union has resisted efforts from inside the union to hold a meeting and a vote. Union members stand to take home up to $99,000 each if the government's proposal goes through. Essentially they would lose their jobs although some could be rehired by the company that gets the concession.

The union has staged periodic work stoppages and slowdowns, frequently with a minority of the workers.

The action to force the vote was reported by Rodrigo Arias Sánchez, minister of the Presidencia and the brother of the president, as well as Marco Vargas, who is now serving as minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes. In his other capacity as minister of Coordinación Institutional, he has been deeply involved in development plans for the Limón and Moín docks.
The men warned that if the union leadership did not schedule a vote they would be liable for court action. An informal group of dock workers who supports the government plan is believed to be in the majority.  They have been seeking a secret ballot on the question.

Arias said the the decision by the Ministerio de Trabajo ended the threats of a few and that now the decision is left to the workers.

A similar arrangement changed the setup at the Caldera docks on the Pacific. Now the port is being improved by the investments and supervision of a private contractor.

The Limón and Moín docks are bigger and handle the bulk of the country's banana and pineapple exports. Every time there is a slowdown, agricultural producers lose millions in perishable products.

The docks are notoriously inefficient when compared to operations elsewhere.

Under terms of the ruling the union has to schedule the vote within three days.


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Some of the 20 racing boats cruise the waters off Le Havre as the  Transat Jacques Vabre begins with Limón as a destination. Racers were accompanied by a fleet of well-wishers. Some 22 miles north of  Cherbourg a few hours later, the Trimaran Actual was the first to encounter problems. It capsized with no injuries.

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Arias expands his campaign against world's weapons

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Óscar Arias Sánchez has enlarged his world campaign against weaponry to include nuclear bombs, mines and cluster bombs.

Arias launched his renewed campaign Saturday before some 200 young people who were attending a religious conference. He said he would seek the abolition of nuclear weapons and their proliferation, the elimination of the bad use of conventional weapons, specifically small arms, mines and elimination of cluster bombs. He already has proposed a measure at the United Nations to require countries that produce arms to keep better track of who buys them.

Casa Presidencial said that the campaign is based on the understanding that the planet is more secure if development, national security and respect for human rights are pushed at the same time and with good faith.
Arias has started his campaign at home with a decree emitted by Casa Presidencial last week that forbids foreigners from getting carry permits for small arms.

The organization that held the conference is Religions for Peace, which says on its Web site that "religious communities are the largest and best-organized civil institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions across race, class, and national divides. These communities have particular cultural understandings, infrastructures, and resources to get help where it is needed most."

The conference said it wants to stop war, end poverty and protect the earth. The session here was sponsored by the Fundación Arias para Paz y el Progreso Humano and the U.N. University for Peace in Ciudad Colón.

The session was in the Hotel San José Palacio Hotel. Casa Presidencial said that the peace campaign started by Arias would last a year and cost $500,000.


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U.S. says it is disappointed
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Honduran pact failure

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States Friday expressed disappointment that efforts to resolve the four-month-long political crisis in Honduras have hit another roadblock. Rival parties in the dispute over who is the Central American country's rightful president failed to meet a deadline Thursday for setting up a national unity government.

Although ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya says efforts to resolve the crisis have failed, the State Department is urging the sides to return to negotiations and resolve differences so the country can have internationally recognized elections at the end of this month.

The United States was an active supporter of talks that yielded an apparent breakthrough last week under which the Honduran congress would decide whether Mr. Zelaya, removed by the military last June, would return to office to complete his term, or interim president Roberto Micheletti would continue to run the government until a new president takes office in January.

The sides were able to agree on preliminary steps to implement what's being called the Tegucigalpa-San José Accord. But Thursday, despite a commitment to seek a unity government, Micheletti said he was forming a cabinet without the participation of Zelaya, who declared the process a failure. He said Zelaya failed to nominate individuals for governmental posts.

At a news briefing, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly called on both sides to act in the interests of the Honduran people and return to the bargaining table and reach agreement on a unity government, which he said would change the political dynamics of the country in a positive way. "It is urgent that this government be created immediately. The Honduran people have made clear that they want to move forward. They deserve leadership that looks to the future in the interest of all the Honduran people. Complete and timely implementation of the Tegucigalpa-San José accord is the path to that future, and the formation of a government of unity and national reconciliation is the next vital step forward," he said.

Though Micheletti and his supporters said the June 28 removal of Zelaya was in accordance with the country's laws, the United States and other members of the Organization of American States said the ouster was a coup d'etat and demanded Zelaya's return to power.


Ida takes aim at U.S.
after ravaging Cancun


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A strengthened Hurricane Ida is making its way toward the Gulf of Mexico, while the death toll from floods in El Salvador has risen to 91. In its latest weather advisory Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said hurricane conditions were possible in the next day or two for parts of the northern U.S. Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. 

The governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, has declared a state of emergency in preparation for the storm, allowing state resources to be used in case of an emergency.

Earlier in the day, the Category 2 hurricane battered the Mexican resort town of Cancun and parts of the Yucatan Peninsula, which remains under a hurricane warning.

The government of El Salvador said three days of heavy rain triggered flooding and mudslides across the country that have left at least 60 people missing and thousands more in shelters. Authorities in El Salvador blamed remnants of Hurricane Ida for some of the devastation, although forecasters hesitated to make a direct link.

Ida is about 155 kilometers northwest of the western tip of Cuba, with winds blowing at 160 kph, about 100 mph.

Ida, which developed over the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, hit the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua on Thursday, destroying homes and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.
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HAS Development Corp., an affiliate of the Houston Airport System, and Airport Development Corp., a Canadian airport developer, have announced the formation of a long-term strategic partnership with OMERS Strategic Investments. The partnership operates under the brand name of ADC & HAS Airports.

The partnership has been formed specifically to pursue airport acquisition and operation opportunities in the growing airport privatization market, initially in Latin America. The partnership’s long-term strategy is to deliberately expand its current focus on the Americas to other regions of the world to become a key global airport owner and operator.

“Globally, OSI is forging long-term alliances and partnerships on behalf of OMERS, a Canadian pension plan and one of the largest long-term institutional investors in the world. We are pleased an excited to have ADC & HAS Airports as a strategic platform in the execution of our global strategy,” said Jacques Demers, CEO of OMERS Strategic Investments.

“This new partnership brings together capital, operational and development expertise, and a strong brand name, allowing the company to qualify for, pursue and acquire airport concessions and related management and operating agreements on a global basis,” stated Jeff Scheferman, CEO of ADC & HAS Airports.

In July, Airport Development and HAS Airports in an equal joint venture with its Brazilian partner, Andrade Gutierrez Concessoes, completed the acquisition of the contract for the development, investment and operation of the Juan Santamaria international airport in San José, It also owns a 45 percent interest in the newly awarded 20-year concession for the Daniel Oduber Quiros airport, in Liberia, which serves the growing tourist market in the northwest sector of the country.

HAS Development Corp, is an affiliate of Houston Airport System, operator of George Bush International Airport, Hobby Airport and Ellington Airport, serving over 53 million passengers annually. Airport Development Corp. is a privately owned Canadian airport developer with over 20 years successful experience in airport privatization. It was the developer of Terminal 3 at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and the Terminals at Budapest Airport. It is the operator and investor of Quito international airport.





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