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How long have you been conducting business in Thailand? Police here are eager to get involved when there's any opportunity to turn a coin.
You clearly never did a tenant eviction... Have fun getting a tenant out, it's hell.

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5 minutes ago, ThomasThBKK said:

You clearly never did a tenant eviction... Have fun getting a tenant out, it's hell.

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Yes, the collective "we" have effected eviction on several occasions. Admittedly there can be many variations of a theme. However our variants have been trouble free. They're gone.

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Just recently vacated a Condo, had paid deposit of 2 mths, broke the lease as owner living overseas, ignored issue of replacements & bedroom closet infested w/ termites..replaced closet w/o a pest control inspection!! 

Requested inspection more that 6 times, so witheld rent & vacated...knew would upset him & likely lose deposit!!

Initially, owner offered to refund 1/2 deposit, then reneged, wanted funds for utilities, rent for unpaid days occupied, if didn't agree get nothing! Said had two month rent, why charge extra?? Take it or leave it was response!! 

The laws & protection of tenants rights in Thailand are negligible, no Control Board or Tribunal can go to...

Just have to write-off as bad experience, no point arguing; just hope do better next time!!

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My view is they will hold the deposit. I would pay the arrears rent less the Thb 1600 TM30 fee, then you are free without worry. Thb 16,000 not worth the agro.

When (If) they say they are withholding the deposit, challenge them with the threat that you are going to report them to the Thai tax authorities as you do not believe they are paying tax on the revenues. Might be a reason why they wouldn't / didn't register you as staying. worth a long shot.

Hope it works out OK. Dealing with landlords here is a pain in the rear end.

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On 7/6/2019 at 3:57 AM, gk10002000 said:

They sure can call the police. I once had a hotel bill issue that popped up while I was leaving at 2 AM to head to BKK for my early morning departure flight.  The hotel staff was on the phone right away, the hotel security guard, albeit all of 85 pounds was holding onto my bag and blocking my way out, etc.  Civil matter or not, they call the cops, or the military for everything.  The results, whether completely legal or not, (this is Thailand) may not be to your liking. He who has the might has the right

 

A hotel bill is completely different to a rental contract. Not paying a hotel bill is a criminal offense.

 

A dispute in a contract is a civil case which needs to be filed at the court. I can't see the landlord being bothered.

 

The OP complained about the agent being useless, that is standard operating procedure once they have got their fee, they are not interested.

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A hotel bill is completely different to a rental contract. Not paying a hotel bill is a criminal offense.
 
A dispute in a contract is a civil case which needs to be filed at the court. I can't see the landlord being bothered.
 
The OP complained about the agent being useless, that is standard operating procedure once they have got their fee, they are not interested.

Totally true. But the law in Thailand is whatever Somchai with a badge says it is. We had a deadbeat Canadian in our condo once he literally got frog marched out and his belongings dumped in the parking lot. It was ugly, good luck suing the cops.
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2 hours ago, ThomasThBKK said:

 

While i partially agree and everyone should fullfill his contract and obligations, it's also a well known scam here to steal foreigners security deposit. Everyone who denies that must live in a different country than i do.

Renting from a Thai is asking for trouble. I don't rent TO or FROM or sell TO Thais. Never had a problem so far from farangs.

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On 7/6/2019 at 3:25 AM, emptypockets said:

Nonsense. there was a case a few years ago that a couple of guys could not leave Thailand for a few years as they had allegedly done some damage to furniture. Cost them thousands.

Where do go you if you cant call the police for a civil offence? 

Talk about nonsense. So it was a couple of guys and what, they fought this case, and had to stay in Thailand for a few years (at least 3??) having to pay legal costs, a place to stay, and other living costs over some furniture?? Really??? Someone call Ripley's!!!

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A contract is a contract...

So even if you do not stay the 12 months the landlord has every right to 12 months rent unless they are in breach of contract.

You could try that they were in breach of contract by not carrying out repairs, but were your complaints documented, did you write to them pointing out that if they failed to carry out repairs with in a month you would consider them in breach of contract???

Best talking to them, even a Thai knows you can not get blood out of a stone.

Leaving without notice can be more than just a nuisance to a landlord, if they have notice then they have a opportunity to look for new tenants, or organise renovations.

As for the police as has already been stated this is a civil matter, of course the landlord could unofficially hire them to put the wind up you, but they can not do much.

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I’d pay what you think you owe and if you’ve already paid that I’d not pay a baht more. Once you’ve left and you think they owe you any refund, I’d send them your SWIFT and IBAN and not exactly hold your breath waiting for their bank transfer. And if they decline to pay you and instead ask you for money in return, you can either send them a picture of your middle finger or click the spam button so all their future emails get filtered to the trash can where they belong.

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On 7/6/2019 at 3:03 AM, ThomasThBKK said:

ith a conthey cant call the cops, it's a civil offense...

Yes they can. Whether the cops take action is a different matter. Defaulting or defrauding a contract is  quite a serious offence In Thailand. Sometimes examples are made.

 

 

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16 minutes ago, alacrity said:

Yes they can. Whether the cops take action is a different matter. Defaulting or defrauding a contract is  quite a serious offence In Thailand. Sometimes examples are made.

 

 

No, not true at all. Not being able to pay rent is not a criminal offense, half of thailand would be in jail...jeez

 

Quite obvious that they broke their contract not taking out repairs, he has all rights in the world to deem the contract broken.

They would need to start a litigation and actually win in front of a court before cops can get involved and then only if he still refuses to pay.

Guess why tentant evictions are so hard, because you can't just throw them out (legally).

 

https://www.thaicontracts.com/articles/8-thai-law-isn-t-simple/18-legal-aspects-of-lease-rental-tenancy-in-thailand.html

 

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Hire of immovable property (land, house, condominium) for residential purpose by foreigners is governed by civil and commercial Code sections 537 to 571

 

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