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Is Airbnb legal in Thailand 2020?

Is Airbnb Legal In Thailand
Are Airbnbs Legal In Thailand?

Is Airbnb legal in Thailand? Prior to a 2018 court ruling, there were existing laws on the books prohibiting short term rentals in Thailand unless the renter held a hotel license, but up until that point they hadn’t been enforced against Airbnb hosts. That ruling said these existing laws did apply to Airbnb hosts. A short time after that ruling, a home and villa exception emerged. I hope the following FAQ will answer any questions you may have about renting Airbnbs in Thailand.

Is Airbnb legal in Thailand?

Short term rentals of less than 30 days are illegal in Thailand unless the owner has a license to operate a hotel. Airbnb owners in Thailand do not have licenses to operate hotels. Many large condominium developments have notices posted as you enter the building reminding you of this fact. The notices say people who violate this law will be prosecuted. Legally speaking, it would be the illegal Airbnb host that was prosecuted, but you could still lose your rental.

Is Airbnb banned in Thailand?

Airbnb isn’t banned altogether in Thailand. There is an exception to the hotel license requirement rule. Owners of homes and villas may register with the Ministry of Tourism for an exception to the hotel license requirement. Keep in mind a villa is defined as having four units or less. If the unit or units pass inspection, the owner can offer them as short-term rentals via Airbnb. This exception does not apply to condominiums or other multi-unit dwellings.

Is Airbnb illegal in Bangkok?

If the rental term is less than 30 days, it is illegal. Residents of large condominium developments in Bangkok are known for being aggressive towards illegal renters. If you use the building’s common areas such as the pool and fitness room, expect questions from other residents inquiring as to who you are and which unit is yours.

Won’t The Airbnb Host Tell Me If Their Airbnb Is Legal?

I wouldn’t count on it. Even though the illegality of short-term rentals was settled by a court case out of Hua Hin back in 2018, you will still find numerous illegal rentals in the Airbnb listings for Thailand. A lot of hosts justify their own illegal listings based upon the sheer number of other illegal rentals being offered. In other words, it is the old everybody is doing it defense.

Are Airbnbs Illegal In Thailand In 2020?

The simplest way to think about it is to not book Airbnb rentals in Thailand for less than 30 days. Short term rentals are illegal. There is an exception but it is difficult if not impossible to verify the host offering the rental has a legal exception to rent to you for less than 30 days. Ultimately, if you get kicked out of your rental because it is illegal, there will be little recourse for you.

A Final Consideration

Upon arrival in Thailand, you will have to fill out the name and address of the hotel where you are staying. Do you think it is a good idea to list an illegal rental on the form?


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