Villa rentals in Thailand

If you own a property in Thailand and want to rent your property occasionally, you must take into account the following two criteria: the number of rooms and the duration of the rental (less than a month): If the property has a maximum of 4 rooms, a simple registration at the town hall will be necessary (I), but if your has well more than 4 rooms, then according to the Hotel Act (2004) you must obtain a hotel license.


I- Up to 4 bedrooms


1) Your property has a maximum of 4 rooms to rent in the same building or in several buildings of the same set;

2) the accommodation cannot accommodate more than 20 people at a time;

3) profits are complementary and not your only source of income.


A license is not required, however, a declaration at the city hall will be required. After reviewing all required documents, a building safety and health inspection will be conducted. The process can take up to 4 months.


List of documents for the registration at City Hall


- Owner’s or Director’s ID card or passport (if applicable)


- Company Affidavit (if applicable)


- Building floor plan


- Building map


- Title of the construction


- Photo of a building such as a bedroom, parking, swimming pool, laundry, etc.


What are the risks if you do not walk to the town hall?


(1) imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year;


(2) a fine of not more than THB 20,000;


(3) a fine of not more than THB 10,000 per day for the duration of the violation.



II- Hotel license


If your property has more than 4 rooms, you must apply for, and obtain, a hotel license, the applicant for a hotel license must be the owner or tenant of the property. The process can take up to 8 months.


Documents for the submission of an application for a hotel license:


- Director’s ID or passport


- Affidavit of the company


- Map of the hotel


- Map of the hotel


- Hotel Construction Engineer Certification Report


- Title to the hotel


- Hotel EIA Report


- Photo of the hotel (room, parking, pool, laundry, etc.)


Annual fees


- First demand: between 10,000 and 40,000 THB (depends on size and type of hotel)


- Each year: 80 THB/room/year (example: 10 rooms = 800 THB per year).


What are the risks if you rent a villa of more than 4 rooms without a hotel license?


(1) imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year;

(2) a fine of not more than THB 20,000;

(3) a fine of not more than THB 10,000 per day for the duration of the violation.


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