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BANGKOK 18 July 2019 01:24
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English Language Rental Agreements. Do the courts recognize them?

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I am in search of a new rental condo.  The English contracts I have encountered border on meaningless verbiage to a contract that can't be read.  I end up writing my own contract.  Do the courts uphold contracts in English only?

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There are lots of standard easy to understand lease documents written in both Thai and English.

 

https://slice-of-thai.com/rental/rental_contract.pdf

 

 

Why would you risk writing your own contract that may/may not stand up in a dispute or court etc. Lease documents have standard paragraphs and phrasing etc to meet any legal requirements.

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When the document given is a mess, it has to be substituted with something I can sign.  You didn't answer my question.  

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If you sign that mess it might be actually good for you as every invalid clause gets replaced with a standard one if the court deems them invalid.

 

https://www.tilleke.com/sites/default/files/Feb_18_Residential_Building_Leasing_Business_Subject_to_Contract_Controls_0.pdf here are the new rental laws btw.

Edited by ThomasThBKK

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2 hours ago, ThomasThBKK said:

If you sign that mess it might be actually good for you as every invalid clause gets replaced with a standard one if the court deems them invalid.

 

https://www.tilleke.com/sites/default/files/Feb_18_Residential_Building_Leasing_Business_Subject_to_Contract_Controls_0.pdf here are the new rental laws btw.

That was very helpful.  Thank you.  If I could send you a real cookie through the internet I would send you a full bag.

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I presume residential lease agreements like commercial lease agreements are recognized in English. Normally there is a clause which states which language agreement takes precedent in case of dispute, and in which jurisdiction although i doubt that would matter in a residential lease.

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4 hours ago, smutcakes said:

I presume residential lease agreements like commercial lease agreements are recognized in English. Normally there is a clause which states which language agreement takes precedent in case of dispute, and in which jurisdiction although i doubt that would matter in a residential lease.

This was also very helpful.

 

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The language does simply not matter - all that matters if that the 2 parties understand it. could be everything.

If not you need dual language contracts

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If you ever end up in court with an English language contract, it will have to be translated into Thai for the court.

 

Related issues:-

 

Also, make sure you are dealing with the real owner before you sign.

 

When paying rent, do it through a bank where you get a bank receipt as proof of payment.

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