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Brit in Phuket Town condo saga continues amid fears of nine-story jump

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Brit in Phuket Town condo saga continues amid fears of nine-story jump

By Eakkapop Thongtub

 

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David Maclean is seen from a window at the back of the ninth-storey condo in Phuket Town. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET: The saga of a British man who has barricaded himself in a condo in Phuket Town amid a tenancy dispute continued yesterday (Feb 2) as the fire brigade was called in amid fears he might jump from the ninth-floor unit, prompting emergency services to respond and a visit by the Phuket Governor.


The Australian-born Brit, David Maclean, 50, from Brisbane, has not left the condo since Jan 14 amid a dispute with the landlady over paying the rent.

 

The landlady, Utumporn Tantivit, has filed a formal complaint with police alleging that Mr Maclean has refused to pay B8,000 in outstanding rent after moving into the condo in October on a six-month lease agreement.


Read more at https://www.thephuketnews.com/brit-in-phuket-town-condo-saga-continues-amid-fears-of-nine-story-jump-70260.php#aTglpyhlscuIwhRZ.99

 

 

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It's great to see the fire brigade looking very professional, all suited in uniform, and welcoming for any issues which might arise from this mentally unstable situation. 

The occupant is probably just waiting for monies to be properly transferred over, 

so he may clear the rent. It's just a misunderstanding, which the landlord wasn't willing to understand through proper body language translation, since English skills here are still very low line in most parts, as not being any sort of priority to consider when running a business. Hopefully it will all sort itself out in a most positive fashion prior to any sort of overstay, which might cause him to be banned from the country in the future.

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Impossible to believe he was scammed over rent even in Phuket.

You pay your rent they give you a receipt and thats it. If he gave rent to 'relatives' of the management without getting a receipt thats his fault.

Pay again. If he doesn't pay his rent this won't end well for him.

Unfortunately Thais will always take advantage of the most vulnerable farangs who are simply clueless about living abroad.Anyone can get a passport and cheap airticket.

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1 minute ago, chrisinth said:

How much food does he have in the apartment? Or drinkable water for that matter? 3 weeks is a long time in this case.

 

If food is being provided how is he getting it if he hasn't opened the door?

Good point. Guess we can throw away the "I'me mentally distraught" card he is trying to play. The card he has successful used in getting benefits back in Britain.

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Should have used a professional agency to take care of the rental.
However, most property-professionals steer away from budget properties, as most only end up with issues.

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Couldn't the landlady just use her key to enter the room with the police present? Forgetting the rent issue, it's more for his welfare and safety that's important. It appears as probable cause to enter the premises, instead of a cat and mouse situation, where the police are reluctant to do anything.. 

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