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Once you have decided on the place you want to stay, you will have a more definite budget in mind. The rental rates are varied from city to city but keep in mind that the rate can be high in the big city areas like Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang mai. We recommend you to try our Affordability Calculator to help you get the idea of what is the monthly rental rate you are most comfortable with.
A letter of employment stating your monthly income is a good start as well as your previous address and some contact information of your previous landlord. But don’t worry if you can’t provide these documents. Some landlords will accept a copy of a bank account statement as well, whether it is from a saving account or a checking account.
It is required by law that a non-Thai resident provide a passport with an active visa in order to rent a property in Thailand. Alternatively, you can also submit your Thailand’s driving license instead of your passport and an active visa since getting a driving license here in Thailand means you have already verified yourself with the local immigration office.
Provided that your visa is still valid on the day of signing the lease agreement, what type of visa you’re currently holding won’t be an issue. However, keep in mind that most lease agreements are discussed in terms of month but Thai entry permits are issued in terms of days, and so your visa (and your visa extension) should hold a longer duration than your lease agreement to avoid any future complications.
As a tenant, your landlord will expect you to keep the property in good condition and proper function. The deposit is usually refundable once the landlord ensures that any damages (aside from fair wear and tear) are corrected at the end of the tenancy. The standard rate for the deposit varies throughout the country ranging from 2 to 3 month’s rent depending on the area where your choice of property is located.