How to rent an apartment or a house in Thailand: tips for tourists

Today many people travel independently without the help of travel agencies. On the one hand, it allows you to feel more free, on the other - generates certain difficulties at least at the beginning of the rest. Such problematic topics include rent of housing.
There are their own rules and numerous nuances that clarify them. About how to rent a house on Samui or any apartment in Thailand - we'll tell in this article.
The market of rented accommodation in Thailand
The market for rented accommodation is a large sector of the Thai economy, quite competing with the hotel business. Housing for rent is given a lot and the most diverse.
Pricing is subject to general rules that apply in any resort place.
Expensive housing - from $ 1000 / month:
near the sea;
with good infrastructure nearby (shops, catering establishments, entertainment venues, pharmacies, etc.);
isolated one-, two-storey houses with own territory and pool.
Cheap accommodation - $ 300 / month:
at a distance from the sea;
simple single-storey houses-bungalows, houses for several neighbors with isolated entrances;
1-2-room apartments in condominiums.
Between these two categories there are a large number of proposals in the price range of $ 300-1000 offering variable conditions of accommodation.
As elsewhere, real estate market participants in Thailand are represented by two categories:
intermediaries (realtors).
As it is obvious, it is cheaper to rent a house in Thailand from the owners. Nevertheless, many owners, especially the owners of houses offered in a high price category, do not work directly with clients and prefer to use the services of intermediaries. Accordingly, this leads to a rise in the cost of the product for the end consumer by 20% -30%.
The cost of renting a property in the premium segment can be 3000-4000 dollars a month, and there are not many such houses.
How to rent an apartment or a house in Thailand
Despite the current opportunity for remote rental of housing on the Internet, practice shows that doing so for long-term stay is not the best option. This concerns both leases from owners, for example, via the popular services today, airbnb or skyscanner, and through agencies whose websites are massively represented on the Internet.
Arguments against remote long-term housing reservation:
almost always it turns out that "reality" differs significantly from "advertising": the level of depreciation of housing may be higher than in illustrative photographs, the sea will not be 100 m, but a kilometer, the promised store is closed for a long time, etc .;
many important points remain unclear: how quiet or noisy the place, what neighbors, what area, what is nearby, etc.
In addition, remote reservation, as a rule, involves making a deposit, which if you do not like something on arrival and you decide to abandon this option, you will not be returned. The expediency of such an option, with all its conveniences, is not obvious.
Therefore, most travelers prefer to rent accommodation after conducting a personal detailed examination of the premises. And you can do this only when you arrive in Thailand.
The classical scheme, how to rent an apartment, is as follows:
Before arrival in the country, the hotel room is booked for 2-3 days. This time, as practice shows, is enough to find something suitable.
If your plans include looking at as many options as possible in different localities to choose something better, it makes sense to rent a bike or a car. If there are no such plans and you want to stay in a particular small town, you can find accommodation simply by walking around the neighborhood.
Coastal tourist towns - this is one big street and numerous lanes that depart from it. The inscription "for rent" is your main reference point.
What to look for and what to ask when looking at housing:
general living conditions: the presence of a plate (it happens that there is only microwave, i.e., it is not supposed to prepare food), dishes, water heater, optional - air conditioning;
payment terms for electricity and water (base cost 3.5 and 20 baht per 1 kW and 1 cubic meter, respectively, but often the landlords overestimate this cost by 2-3 times);
availability of internet;
whether there are ants or cockroaches in a dwelling;
whether there are mosquito nets;
look into the existing cabinets - because of the high humidity in them often there is a smell of moldiness, from which you can not get rid of.
It is very important to explore the surroundings of the place: whether there is no noisy construction, a garbage dump or a swamp with a million mosquitoes.
Seasonality factor
The number of tourists and housing prices are subject to seasonal fluctuations. The same house or apartment in January and June can be rented with a difference in cost by 2-3 times. If you relax in low season - from April to November - you can safely bargain and bring down the price from the proposed at least 2 times.
In high season is not up to discounts. The average option for price / quality at this time does not even hit the market, because In most cases, such housing is reserved on a permanent basis by the same people, companies, i.e. regular customers. Decent places at a reasonable price is much less: there are still very modest options, or too laxtery. Although in this issue everyone has his own complaints and approaches.
A good advice that tourists give self-vacationing in Tae - for the first time without the help of a travel agency it is better not to go at the height of the season. On the one hand, this will save money, on the other - to conduct a primary "exploration" of the terrain.
Liked the house or housing with an adequate host can be reserved for the next year. Owners of real estate are happy to do this, forming a permanent clientele and maintaining the stability of their own business.
How much will eventually have to pay for housing
Pricing in the Thai housing market - the sphere is partly irrational. It is clear that the prices on the doors do not hang, but the local specificity is that prices are called "from the ceiling": one - one, and another - 2 times more or less. Therefore, be simpler and never give the impression that you can afford more. At least in Thailand.
Before making a final decision, look at a few options. On the other hand, if you really like housing, do it without thinking. Or in the evening someone else will take him: all the preliminary arrangements with the owner will be forgotten very quickly when he sees a client with real money.
The initial payment will include:
Payment for the first month (or for the first and last for a long lease);
a deposit in the amount of 30% to 100% of the monthly fee.
Subsequent monthly payments for 2-3 people will consist of:
payment for water (about 10 dollars);
payment for electricity (10-15 dollars);
payment for the Internet (10-20 dollars).
Of course, if you rent a villa for $ 3,000, then all additional payments are already included in this cost. Do not forget that any receipt of money by the landlord must be accompanied by the issuance of a receipt.
How to save on rental housing
Have a rest not in the peak season.
Rent a house for a long time: a monthly rate for a 6-month period will be lower than for a 3-month period, and on an annual lease you can save 2 times compared to a monthly rent.
Do not use the services of intermediaries.
Be interested in the owners of cafes, bars, rental companies - do not rent out a house to someone of their friends. Demolition through acquaintances is the most profitable thing to eat.
Always bargain.
In general, rent a house in Thailand is not difficult. Even in the peak tourist season there are always a dozen options, among which you can find the most adequate to the requests and financial condition.