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La Vista Association v. CA et Al. - Digest

La Vista Association v. CA et Al. - Digest

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Digest of the leading case on voluntary easements: La Vista Assoc. v. CA
Digest of the leading case on voluntary easements: La Vista Assoc. v. CA

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La Vista Association v. CA, Solid Homes, Inc., Ateneo de Manila University et al.Facts:
Mangyan Road is the boundary between the La Vista Subdivision on one side andAteneo and Maryknoll (Miriam) on the other. The road extends to the entrance gate of Loyola Grand Villas. The area comprising the 15-meter wide roadway was originally part of avast tract of land owned by the Tuasons. The Tuasons sold to Philippine Building Corporationa portion of their landholdings. The Philippine Building Corporation transferred, with theconsent of the Tuasons, the subject parcel of land to Ateneo. The Tuasons developed a partof the estate adjoining the portion sold to Philippine Building Corporation into La VistaSubdivision.La Vista seeks the issuance of a writ of injunction to finally enjoin private respondentsSolid Homes, Inc., developers of Loyola Grand Villas Subdivision, the latter’s predecessor-in-interest, Ateneo, and the residents of the said subdivision from enjoying an easement of right-of-way over Mangyan Road.La Vista contends that “mere convenience for the dominant estate is not enough toserve as its (the easement of right-of-way) basis. To justify the imposition of this servitude,there must be a real, not a fictitious or artificial, necessity for it”
Issue
:Whether or not La Vista may withhold from the private respondents the use of theMangyan Road.
Ruling
: The rule cited by La Vista, enunciated in
Ramos, Sr 
.,
.
Gatchalian Realty 
,
Inc
.,concerns a legal or compulsory easement of right-of-way. A legal or compulsory easement isthat which is constituted by law for public use or for private interest. A voluntary easementon the other hand is constituted simply by will or agreement of the parties.From the facts of the instant case it is very apparent that the parties and theirrespective predecessors-in-interest intended to establish an easement of right-of-way overMangyan Road for their mutual benefit, both as dominant and servient estates. This is quiteevident when:
(a)
the Tuasons and the Philippine Building Corporation stipulated in par. 3 of theirDeed of Sale with Mortgage that the "boundary line between the property hereinsold and the adjoining property of the VENDORS shall be a road fifteen (15)meters wide, one-half of which shall be taken from the property herein sold to theVENDEE and the other half from the portion adjoining belonging to the vendors;"
(b)
the Tuasons expressly agreed and consented to the assignment of the land to,and the assumption of all the rights and obligations by Ateneo, including theobligation to contribute seven and one-half meters of the property sold to formpart of the 15-meter wide roadway;

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