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BANGKOK 20 October 2018 21:44
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Court decides: AirBnB illegal in Thailand for daily and weekly rental

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4 minutes ago, garzhe said:

Any property that has more than 4 rooms for rent requires a hotel licence. This seems to be the issue. An individual house for rent with less than 4 rent able rooms does not require a hotel licence. The developers wont like this as many are selling condos on the strength of rental income.

I have never seen a developer that sells specifically on the strength of short term rental, they sell on broad rental returns, ie: 10% return on long term legal rental.

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I just booked an airbnb room in Bangkok last night in a condo for 18 nights beginning the end of June. The money has already been taken from my account. Can only hope that my stay is not affected. Never used airbnb before. Chose a bad time to try it.

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17 hours ago, Maestro said:

 

The court decision is about condos because the cases brought to court were about condos. It does not necessarily mean that the law cited in the court decision does no also apply to other types of residential premises. Perhaps someone can look up the law and post the relevant section here (I have to rush off now to a dentist appointment)

Probably as foreigners own more condos than houses and they don't want them making an income above Thai owned hotels.

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18 hours ago, Briggsy said:

I thought Thailand's legal system did not use precedents. Therefore another court could rule completely differently and it would make no difference. Indeed the same court could rule differently with another Air BnB landlord.

 

They seemingly use precedents, and refer to them, when it suits. And ignore them completely and rule opposite when it suits!

 

 

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18 hours ago, Maestro said:

 

This court decision does not affect only rentals via AirBnN. All rentals for a period shorter than 30 days are termed illegal.

Correct.  Illegal whether you use Airbnb, a local agent, or directly from the condo owner.

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Air B&B advertise the potential restrictions to hosts, if they are wiling to read and comply well them, all and good: https://www.airbnb.com.au/help/article/376/what-legal-and-regulatory-issues-should-i-consider-before-hosting-on-airbnb

 

I have used Air B&B a couple of times, once recently in Pattaya, i,e, we rented a 2 bedroom condominium, which was 20,000 baht cheaper than a hotel, with 4 kids I would have to pay for 2 or 3 rooms, or two rooms with 2 extra beds as allowed in some hotels, and pay an additional 800-1200 baht per bed on top of the 2 rooms, hotels are not family friendly in my opinion, so what are families supposed to do.

 

In a suburb of Sydney I rent a 2 bedroom 100m2 apartment with parking for a week for 41,000 baht, now for the same amount I would get a 22m2 room in a hotel in the neighbouring suburb with no parking, and kids can share the same bedding because there is no room for extra beds, unless you want to pay for another room.

 

Its obvious the hotels are playing big to shut Air B&B, personally if Air B&B gets the boot in Thailand, we will holiday at home from now on as I won't be supporting them until they make their hotel rooms family friendly, i.e. without the ridiculous additional bed charges, after all, you are renting the room, and they should accommodate you with the extra beds for your kids, what a rip off, oh don't get me wrong, can afford to pay for the hotel, but why should I when Air B&B is much fairer in value for what you get.

 

Hotels need to get their acts together, and personally I hope Air B&B is here to stay, the hotels on the other hand should become more competitive, that's how its done in the open market, and how the hell does a court have jurisdiction over how you rent your property, unless its in some strata scheme or by-law, you should be free to rent it out short or long term, as long as you pay your tax.

 

 

 

 

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20 hours ago, MaxLee said:

First UBER and now AirBnB...... 

Thailand  0.5   ... (4.0)   ... ...  The country is xxxx

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16 hours ago, observer90210 said:

The Thai Hoteliers mafia has apparently done the right P+R,  to the proper people...

Finally!

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12 hours ago, Get Real said:

Really funny! I would like to see what they bese that judgement on. Since when is Thai law as specific so it separates days, weeks and month.
The law has not even uppdated since Internet was invented. How much more crazy does it have to be? Can they make a bigger fool out of themselfs?

    The internet isn't the point.  Condo rentals of less than 30 days are illegal regardless of how the rental was secured. 

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Simply sign a 31 days rental agreement.There is no law to prevent people from physically staying the entire contract period.Still there are ways to get round it.

This is similar to bureaucratic rules that force some people to resort to BRIBERY ?

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It's interesting what the Thai government chooses to over-regulate as opposed to under-regulate.  Don't get me wrong.  Part of the reason I live here is to get away for the rampant, in-your-face, over-regulation that is a hallmark of the West.  However, here the regulation often seems to be in response to protecting wealthy business owners and other elites interests.  I'm thinking that this is the case here. 

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