FAQs

Q. Can a real estate agent list a property on Thailand Property Rentals Direct?

A. No. Thailand Property Rentals Direct only accepts Bangkok property rental listings from Bangkok property owners.

Q. Why do you want a copy of my passport and/or property title deed?

A. We ask for this information to prove that you are legally entitled to list the property on the Thailand Property Rentals Direct website. This is an attempt to stop people from fraudulently listing Bangkok properties they do not own and is aimed at protecting the integrity of the website and the people who use it.

Q. What do you do with the copy of my passport and/or property title deed?

A. All documents that identify or contain your personal information are kept off-line in a secure, encrypted environment. At no time will we sell your information or release your personally-identifiable data without your permission, or unless required by law.

Q. Do you reveal my eMail address or other contact details to potential renters?

A. No. Your personal identifying information is not displayed on the website or in eMails sent to you via the the Thailand Property Rentals Direct Website.

Q. Can a foreigner own a condo in Thailand?

A. Yes, The Thailand Condominium Act (No. 3) B.E. 2542 (A.D. 1999) states foreigners can own condos in Thailand. Buying a condo is the easiest way to own property in Thailand.

Under Thai law, foreigners can own up to 49 per cent of the units in a condominium building. There is a requirement that the money used to purchase the condo must come from abroad as foreign currency or as traveller's checks. You can do this by having the receiving bank in Thailand issue a Tor Tor 3 form upon converting the foreign currency to Thai baht.

Be sure to have the receiving bank in Thailand convert the currency to Thai baht instead of having it converted prior to sending to a bank in Thailand.

Q. Can a foreigner own a house in Thailand

A. Yes, although it is not as simple as owning a condo in Thailand, it is possible to safely invest in a house in Thailand. There are at least four ways to own a house in Thailand:

1. Nominee: The easiest, although maybe not the most suitable for everyone, is the nominee method. For this method, all you need is for a Thai national you trust to buy the house in his/her name for you. This is the cheapest method and works well for foreigners married to Thai Nationals.

2. Nominee with 30+30+30 year lease with option to buy: In this method, a Thai nominee is required but you are secure by having a lease registered on the land. The lease is a legally binding document registered with the Lands Office.

All terms of the lease, including the initial term, are declared to be paid in advance in the lease agreement. The buyer will also have the option to buy the land outright if the Thai law is changed to allow it in the future. This is probably the safest method of property ownership.

3. Nominee with mortgage: In this method, a Thai nominee is required but you are secure by using a mortgage. The Thai nominee buys the property.
The property is then registered at the Lands Office as mortgaged. The mortgage is structured such that the buyer (Foreigner) must sign the title documents in order for the property to be sold thereby securing his investment. If a problem arrises with the Thai nominee, they can be replaced.

4. Company: In this method, you form a company that owns the house. To create a company, you must have six Thai partners. The Thai partners will own 51 per cent of the company and you will own the remaining 49 per cent. There is only one director (you) who has sole signing rights for the company. A small tax must be paid each year. This is probably the most popular way to own property in Thailand.

Q. What are the land measurements in Thailand?

A. Land in Thailand is measured as such:
1 Talang Met = 1sq.m = 10.7sq.ft
1 Talang Wah = 4sq.m = 42.7sq.ft
1 Ngan = 100 Talang Wah = 400sq.m = 4,277sq.ft
1 Rai = 4 Ngan = 400 Talang Wah = 1,600sq.m. = 17,109sq.ft
1 Acre = 2.5 Rai = 10 Ngan = 1,000 Talang Wah = 4,000sq.m = 42,772sq.ft

Q. How can I retire in Thailand?

A. To retire in Thailand, you need a type "O" visa which can be issued to people 50-years-old and above and deposit a minimum amount set by the government in a Thai bank account.

Q. How long can I stay in Thailand?

A. Most visitors to Thailand are granted a 30 day entry stamp, this is a 'permission to stay 30 days' stamp only obtained (free of charge) at a port of entry and does not require a visa. This may be extended for up to 7-15 days at an immigration office, after which time the holder must leave the kingdom. This is NOT a visa.

Visitors wishing to stay for longer periods should apply for a three- or six-month validity, single or multiple entry tourist visa in their home country before departure. home country before departure.

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