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BANGKOK 22 March 2019 03:29
Jouner88

Landlady says I owe her money for damage to condo in Phuket

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Essentially its your word against hers. You say one thing which you cannot prove, and she says something else which she cannot prove.

 

Do you have photos of everything before and after? Perhaps she does?

 

Best thing for ease of body and mind would just settle on maybe 15K and both walk away.

 

Landlords can be total asses, but so can tenants. Landlords try and take the piss but tenants also tend to gloss over things as not important, or minor damage, or completely ignore things they have done to.

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Well, that is what I think is happening. If these were legit complaints, she'd hand over the receipts. They aren't legit, so no receipts, so she is attempting to create drama in various ways to extort an extra 9000 baht.

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On 2/21/2019 at 5:04 PM, smutcakes said:

Essentially its your word against hers. You say one thing which you cannot prove, and she says something else which she cannot prove.

 

Do you have photos of everything before and after? Perhaps she does?

 

Best thing for ease of body and mind would just settle on maybe 15K and both walk away.

 

Landlords can be total asses, but so can tenants. Landlords try and take the piss but tenants also tend to gloss over things as not important, or minor damage, or completely ignore things they have done to.

  • And the law in the US is not relevant.
  • Is it possible to replace the small door in the fridge? Maybe not possible to buy replacement parts?
  • Tradespeople here, like everywhere, don't accept small jobs meaning it's often expensive to get small jobs done.

 

     What subject do you teach?

 

 

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Ignore it, it will just go away. Most of what you mention comes under normal 'wear and tear'  The police can't even summon you, though they may try, as it is a civil case. If you believe that that police station is being incentivized by her,  go to see a senior officer at police HQs in Phuket town, and ultimately there s always the Damrongtum/ombudsman at City hall/salaklaan.

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If the OP searches on line he can find a news story or forum posting about the expat who moved out a rental after a small fire. He claimed he was not at fault. He was a smoker. He left the Kingdom for several months. Upon his return to Thailand he was thrown in jail. Seems his landlord went to court and won a judgement of sorts. It is a cautionary true tale of not blowing off a Thai landlord. Police can be incentivized and you will be at a great disadvantage. 

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Even should she produce receipts, that means nothing in Thailand.   You can buy a book of receipts and write your own.   I cannot understand why you have to pay for the painting when that should be the owners upkeep.   You are lucky she didn't scam you for the electric bill too!   I have never known anything like it.   If the cost per unit of electricity is say Bt4, they charge Bt6.   An absolute scandal and they see nothing wrong with doing this.   Good luck pal.   Your not the first and won't be the last to be scammed here.

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7 minutes ago, Golden Brown said:

If the cost per unit of electricity is say Bt4, they charge Bt6.

 

I believe this was made illegal a year or so ago. But whether something is illegal or not has absolutely no relevance in Thailand.

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I suspect you were never going to get your deposit back anyway,

and she is trying to scam you for even more,they cannot help

themselves,we are landlords and we accept wear and tear but

not wanton damage.tenants are repaid their deposits less any

charges for electricity,water,internet,as  soon as they vacate we

repaint all internal walls,fix whatever little things that need doing.

you have to look after your tenants,that's how i was brought up

in business to do,the customers always right (even when they are not )

especially now there seems to be less expats here.

 

regards Worgeordie

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