Phuket is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, attracting millions of tourists every year. Out of those millions, there are inevitably some who decide they want to call the island home. In most cases, foreigners relocating to Phuket will rent before buying, and will have many questions regarding the best way to go about doing this. In this article, we will share some tips that may help you make the best decision for your rental needs.
Phuket is a deceptively large island with many different areas, each offering a different vibe. Depending on your preferences, you may want to be close to the beach, nightlife, shopping, or nature. Some of the most popular areas for renting a property in Phuket are Patong, Karon, Kamala, Cherng Talay, and Rawai. Each area has its own advantages and disadvantages, so do some research and explore the options before you decide.
Many have a preconceived notion that Thailand will be a very cheap place to live. However, Phuket is one of the most expensive provinces in the country with the cost of living on the rise. The rental market has become increasingly competitive over the past couple of years, which is good news for property owners, but bad news for renters. The cost of renting a property in Phuket will vary wildly depending on the location, type, size, amenities, and duration of the lease. If you look for a rental between December-March, be prepared to pay significantly more than you would during the off-season. Willingness to sign a longer contract will always result in a better price, furthermore, paying for six months or a year of rent at a time will oftentimes work in your favor as well.
Don’t rush into signing a rental agreement. Before or after viewing the property, make a list of considerations to check before you make any decisions. The list may include things like inspecting the property carefully and checking that everything is in good working order such as lighting and electrical both indoors and out, door and window locks, drains, etc. It’s common for rental houses in Phuket to be sparsely furnished so take note of whether the amenities like the mattresses, couches, window drapes, etc. meet your standards. Look for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or pest infestation. Ask about the maintenance and cleaning services, and who is responsible for them. Also, check the facilities and amenities that are included in the rental price, such as internet, cable TV, air conditioning, parking, gym, pool, etc. Don’t rely on verbal agreements for anything, insist on having all details included on the rental contract.
The rental agreement is a legal document that outlines the rights and obligations of both the landlord and you as the tenant. It should include the details of the property, rental price, payment method, deposit, duration, termination, renewal, subletting conditions, utilities, maintenance, repairs, insurance, pet policy, and method of dispute resolution. Make sure you read and understand the rental agreement before you sign it, and ask for a copy in English if possible. This is one strong reason in favor of using a rental agent who can act as a liaison between you and the landlord. Never leave any questions or concerns unaddressed, ask the landlord or the agent for clarification.
Many expats from around the world as well as Thais rent a home in Phuket for years without any problems. It all comes down to gaining a basic understanding of the island’s rental market, and proceeding slowly and methodically to ensure a smooth experience