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A condo I lived in recently refused to give back my deposit, reason being that he didn't have the money to pay me back

 

I wanted to write a bad review on google but my partner said I can't. Will I end up in the monkey house or face deportation for doing so? 

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dont do critical reviews on airbnb if your in a defamation location (sic pun 🙂)

 

i did a critical review there, a host got irked and i discovered that the host could see other places i had stayed in thailand, and other landlords reviews of me, other reviews i had written and where, etc etc and maybe even current and upcoming stays which were in the same city.

 

anything happens and they go silent. not our problem.

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Anyone who has ever tried to criticize products/bad service from Lasada will realize that it simply isn't possible.

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7 hours ago, cyril sneer said:

A condo I lived in recently refused to give back my deposit, reason being that he didn't have the money to pay me back

I was due the return of unused money from the Prachuab court some years ago.  After the court case was complete, I turned up at court with my lawyer to pick up the remaining cash which was close to 100K.  The court actually said that they'd pay it in a few weeks after they've collected enough fines as they don't have enough cash at the moment.

I suggested we sue the court for misappropriation of funds but my lawyer advised against it.  They did pay it after around 6 weeks.

My point is that it's not only individuals that cry poverty.

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7 hours ago, SteveK said:

Use a fake name, post through a VPN to hide your IP address, and don't give an specifics that would link the review to you. Then give them both barrels. But seriously, in Thailand even if what you say is 100% true it can still be defamation, especially when a farang is saying it. But if they can't trace you I'm not sure what can happen to you, almost certainly nothing.

this can bring you down... as in most cases, if you do a Review, to do it you'd have had to have made a Booking thru the *.com site in the first place .i.e. say Booking.com as a simple example, you can only post a review, if you had availed their Booking service...  

 

I cared not for repercussions, when I (using Booking.com always) left Swampy Novotel a lot to think about. I received an apology  from the Novotel house manager dept... a few days later. Really too late by then, because thai mrs was really peeved by the room's condition and the inaction.

I knew I had to complain by the pen,

as and UNTIL i MADE HER READ the received Apology for herself... it was until then, all 'my' fault...  

Another on was at 'one' of the LK places; where at breakfast, she was being glared and tormented by the serving staff; as they auto assumed she was a bargirl!!

  Mind you, the breakfast room was at the time well occupied by masses of barebacked fat russians all tattoed, with their respective bargirl hanging on... 

I could see both angles of the respective perceived impressions/reactions, but again; I was forced by she who must be obeyed... to complain! - by the pen...  

 

 

some excerpts, of the end summary of one of our Booking.com Reviews:

7.1
 

🙂 Newness of the hotel. Daily Room Cleaning Staff did a good job. [hotelname] Accomodation Reception Staff pleasant and welcoming. Good aircon. Breakfast menu selection and quality very good thanks

 😧 Shower Drain continually floods after a few minutes, even after reporting twice in the 13 days stay. My Thai-born wife felt not welcomed by cold attitude of [hotelname] breakfast reception desk lady. My wife is not a bargirl. A simple 'sawadee' or 'hello' would be good please. The LED lights save electricity, but were not powerful enough for comfortable reading/writing at the desk

 2 guests agreed with this review

 

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I left a pretty bad review of a Pattaya attraction on Trip Adviser a few years back, then I learnt about the defamation laws here, it was a pain to get the review retracted but once I explained the law to them they were pretty good about it, the review was honest & forthright BUT if the owner had seen it and deemed to have damaged his business I would have been in deep doo doo.

 

My advice would be - Don't do it.

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My wife has a guesthouse. Someone accused her unfairly of dishonesty in a booking.com review. I tried to get booking.com to remove it including mentioning the Thai laws with no result. They have an owners forum. The consensus on the forum was that because they are an international company their servers are not in Thailand so it would be hard to prove they are breaking a Thai law. I guess trip advisor and airbnb would be the same. TV would be different because Thai company probably using Thai servers. Some of the reviews she receives are very unfair.

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Yeah that makes sense but if it was an expat that left the review couldn't they still be personally liable?

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No guarantees on this, but I do know a number of people who did not get their deposits back.

I have always used a real estate agency when I rent and never had a problem.

Just sayin, maybe it helps to use that service.

 

To add, people leave bad reviews about Airbnb and hotels in Thailand all the time but maybe that is different.

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