When you are buying into a new development in Thailand the developer needs to be properly registered with the Thai government. As explained on this website about property problems, many times the developers take shortcuts to avoid all the paperwork which needs to be completed from the government for the property development to commence. It was also explained why this was important.
If you are going to do a due diligence report on the property then you also need to check the developer of the property. The following is checked as these are the rules and regulations from the Thai government for all property developers. The attorney will check if all of these have been complied with as mistakes can be very costly.
These are the basic requirements from the Thai government for a property development. You can now understand why many developers in Thailand try to avoid the registration process to develop property. Should a developer not have these documents and the needed registration from the local government then that would be a red flag when there are more than 10 units for sale in the development?
- Copy of the title deed;
- Blueprints of the units and public service plan;
- Copy of the water treatment tanks.
- There should also be a description of water disposal from an engineer;
- The should also be a copy of all the company registration documents;
- If there is a mortgage over the land there should also be a copy of this;
- The letter from the developer to the Thai government which explains the project in details;
- There should be a copy of the minutes of the meeting for land allocation resolution;
- The Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning report should also be there;
- There should be a copy of the ‘The inspection of use of land’ in Thailand;
- There should also be a license for garbage disposal issued by Local Authority for the project;
- There should also be a license for water draining system issued for the project;
- A copy of the license of connection of the roads issued by the local government;
- A copy of the license for draining water to public river/canal for the project;
- There should also be a copy of the licensed engineer who is supervising the project;
- There should also be an EGAT (Electricity Authority) licence for the project;
- There should be a copy of the permission letter from Waterworks for bulk services;
- There should also be a description of water pipes used and a description of the roads;
Always check with a local attorney in Phuket for assistance or guidance when buying into an existing project or when buying off-plan. Property litigation in Thailand is costly, lengthy and there is no guaranteed result. Always do your homework before you part with your money or sign any property agreement.