It can be a challenge to rent property in Bangkok because of the differences in the management and ownership structure of the various property types. There are also some major factors to consider when it comes to the location of your apartment. These will be discussed below.
Ability to Get Around with Ease
If you are looking to find a dwelling for yourself only or for your family, there are several things you will need to consider. Bangkok can become pretty congested at certain times of the day and on certain days of the week. Ideally you will want to find a location which is in close enough proximity to school or work. This means that you might prefer seeking out accommodation in areas which have ready access to the expressway way or major tolls, the MRT system or the BTS. You will also need to determine if you can map out alternate routes for when the traffic becomes particularly heavy and also in the event of an emergency. Other alternate means of transport to get you where you need to go in as little time as possible include bike taxis as well as boats.
Since English is not Thailand’s first language, you will find that most of the advertisements and even your rental contract might be in Thai. This will mean that at the very least you want to acquaint yourself with basic Thai to help you get through. There are many online resources to help you through this and you can even make use of them to help you translate your contract if you are dealing with a landlord who does not speak much English. This in itself does not have to be viewed as a huge obstacle as you can usually tell from the initial interaction you have with the landlord how the rest of your experience will be. This will help you to develop a good rapport with them going forward. Just keep your dealings business-like and honour the terms of your agreement and you should have no major issues despite the language barrier. You could always enlist the services of an agent to help mediate the agreement, however this will be at an additional cost to you.
Business Activities in the Area
Some areas which cater heavily to tourism will have the usual amenities at a cost which is higher than the norm, which is typical of tourist areas anywhere you go in the world. You may choose to stay out of these areas so that you can get more out of your money, since your rental expense will not be your sole expense.
Another consideration with these areas is the fact that they will provide night time entertainment for tourists and usually have permits so these nightly fetes or dances held in clubs would have been authorized. If you do decide to stay in an area like this, you will have to bear with these conditions until the events end, usually in the early hours of the morning.
Naturally the location you choose will have a direct bearing on the general cost of rent in the area. If you choose more central city locations, you will find that these fetch a higher rental price than small urban areas just outside of the city. The city locations will also have more modern amenities like a pool, laundromats and gyms, which will come at an additional expense. These areas will also offer internet and telephone service which usually have base prices dictated by the common general usage projections.
If you have disabilities, you will want to look for apartments which are equipped with access ramps to facilitate your mobility. You may also have a service dog or other pets, which will require you to find out if these will be allowed in the living space. Many paper or online advertisements may not list these restrictions from the get go and you may not be able to ascertain this information until you meet with the land lord. Alternatively if you use an agent they will be able to advise you based on their knowledge and experience.
Types of Apartments Available
Now that you have considered the foregoing, you can now decide on the type of apartment you would like to reside in. If you have a family, you can choose between town houses, condominiums, semi-detached houses or full houses. The type of accommodation you choose will also determine the location as well as the amenities available to you, which will also influence your final choice and cost.
If you are a single individual, a studio apartment, one-bedroom condo, town house or fully furnished apartment may suit your needs best.
Whatever your preferences you will certainly be able to find suitable accommodation in Bangkok to suit your needs and tastes. Following these guidelines will help you to smooth out the kinks as you go apartment hunting or if you’re on the lookout for a condo for rent in Bangkok.