Bangkok Rent Guide

Bangkok Rental Process

The rental process in Bangkok is a straight forward one. The real estate agent represents both the owner and the prospective tenant. The commission however is borne by the home owner only.

To facilitate the agent’s role in the rental process, the prospective tenant will be asked to provide their requirements of the property they are looking for. The common ones that people look for are

  • Proximity to workplace
  • Proximity to children’s school
  • Proximity to public transportation like BTS and subway
  • Type of property
  • Number of bedrooms and floor area
  • Budget

You are encouraged to list as many criteria as possible as this will make the task of finding the right home for you much easier.

Now that the agent has all the information he needs, you will be given a shortlist of properties that best match your preferences. Ample information and pictures will be provided so that you can further refine the list.

The next step is property viewing. Once an appointment is made, the agent will pick you up at a location of your choosing and proceed to view the short listed properties. As you will find out, it is not fun to be stuck in a traffic jam in downtown Bangkok. No amount of good music can soothe the frustration. The viewing time is thus arranged between mid morning and early afternoon. Visiting five properties is considered a productive day. Of course this is not necessary if you fall in love with the first one.

Once you have found the right home, the agent will contact the home owner about your interest and your offer if it differs from the quoted price. If all parties come to an agreement after the negotiation phase, the agent will prepare the lease contract which will be in English. There will be three copies. The owner, tenant and agent will each have a copy.

A contract signing meeting will be set up and the owner will usually be present. This is a good time to make a good impression and build a good relationship with the landlord. Being on good terms with the landlord will make your stay much more enjoyable. The deposit and the advance rent will have to be paid in cash or banker’s check.

Once the contract is signed and everything else is in order all that is left is to collect the keys from your agent and move in to your new home. If you need any further assistance in settling in your new home, you can ask for your agent’s help.