Thailand Real Estate Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Thai people are required to pay property tax on their real estate holdings. The property tax is based on the assessed value of the property, and the rate varies depending on the type of property and  location, with residential properties typically taxed at a lower rate than commercial properties and rent tax is imposed at the rate of 12.5% yearly.

It is important to note that property tax in Thailand is separate from the transfer fee and the annual land and building tax, which are also paid by property owners. The transfer fee is paid when a property is sold or transferred, while the annual land and building tax is based on the appraised value of the property and is paid to the national government.

While it is not strictly necessary to hire a lawyer when buying a house or villa in Thailand, it is highly recommended. Real estate transactions in Thailand can be complex, and the laws and regulations governing property ownership and transfer can be quite different from those in other countries. Having a lawyer who is familiar with the local laws and regulations can help ensure that your property purchase goes smoothly and that your interests are protected.

Overall, having a lawyer to guide you through the process of buying a house or villa in Thailand can provide you with peace of mind and help to ensure that your investment is protected.

n general, down payments for property in Thailand can range from 30%-50% of the purchase price for foreigners quota.

Freehold Ownership grants the owner full legal and undisputed rights to the property without any restrictions on its transfer, modifications or construction.

Leasehold ownership, on the other hand, is when you have the right to use a property for a specific period of time, typically 30 years and renew contract up to 90 years. A leasehold property is typically a structure that is built on land that is owned by someone else, and the lease is an agreement between the landowner and the person who is leasing the property.

Foreigners are not allowed to own land in Thailand, but they can own buildings or structures on leased land. This means that if you are a foreigner, you can own a leasehold property in Thailand, but you cannot own the land on which the property is built.

Leasehold properties can be a good option for foreigners who want to own property in Thailand but cannot own land. However, it is important to carefully review the terms of the lease agreement, as they can vary widely in terms of length, renewal options, and other important factors. It is also important to ensure that the lease agreement is registered with the Land Department to ensure that your ownership rights are protected.

Foreigners aren’t permitted to buy land/house in Thailand, but you can buy apartments and condominiums as a non-citizen. However, foreigners can’t make up more than 49% of the apartment block or condo’s total unit owners. Thai laws prohibit foreigners from owning land under Thai company name.


The registration must be made with the Department of Lands. The transfer fee rate is 2% of the appraised value of the property. There is no exceptions or reductions, but the transfer is shared equally by the buyer and the seller; the buyer pays 1% and the seller pays 1% of the transfer fee.


Thailand Property Taxes (Condo, Villa, or House)

Business Tax:  3.3% of the appraised value or registered sale value of the property (whichever is higher). This applies to both individuals and companies.

“YES”, though some conditions apply. foreigners have been able to access bank funding, with UOB and Bangkok Bank leading the charge by offering a limited range of mortgage products.

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