New protections for tenants will be coming into into force on May 1st, 2018 so we are told
At the present time these new measures are believed to include:
- Long term leases / contracts can be terminated early providing the tenant is up to date with rent payments and they show reasonable cause that they need to end the contract. ie. Job move. The tenant will have to prove this reasonable cause - you cannot just end the contract for no good reason.
- If you end the contract early WITH reasonable cause and your rent is up to date you will not be penalised.
- Deposits will have to be repaid within 7 days of a contract finishing.
- No more fine print in contracts - all wording has to be in a font larger than 2 millimeters.
- No more adding of extra charges to water and electricity bills (none of our condo landlords do this anyway).
- No more locking out of tenants who are late with their rent - although penalties can be applied in other ways.
This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change at a moments notice ! As with all laws they are open to interpretation and this list is compiled from what is published on Thai news sites. This post is not legal advice nor is it to be taken as fact.
If in doubt, contact a lawyer.