Why hiring a property lawyer is essential

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Many of Thailand’s real estate agents and developers will say you do not need a property lawyer when buying Thailand property and real estate.

For more than 10 years we’ve been consistently saying that hiring a Thailand property lawyer is essential, and is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Incidents where Thailand property purchases go wrong are, thankfully, few and far between but they do happen. With careful due diligence Thailand is no more of a risk than buying property anywhere in the world.

Here are two examples we can share with you.

Several years ago a group of Singaporeans came to Bangkok, cash in hand, to buy several properties. They were unaware of the need for overseas buyers to transfer money into Thailand for property purchases  through a Thai bank, and to have it properly documented.

That’s something that even a Google search about “buying property in Thailand” would have revealed, but using an experienced property lawyer would have educated them about the entire buying process.

In this case the Singaporeans still purchased, but they lost out on their preferred units.

Another case involved the wording of the sales and purchase agreement, and is something that an experienced property lawyer can highlight so that you. the buyer, can understand anything that may be initially unclear.

In this situation the word “intention” was used by a property developer with regards to their intention to complete and transfer units by a certain date.

By not clarifying the exact date, the buyer was unable to take immediate legal action against the developer when delays started to happen.

According to experienced property lawyer Paul Bond of SBLaw ASIA, one single word in a property contract could leave the buyer with little recourse.

He said: “Contracts can be written in Thai, written in Thai and English but with neither language given contractual preference, or even written in English without that language mandated as being the operative language.”

All of those contracts depend upon the Thai words used, he added.

“It’s only when English is identified within the contract as being the language of that contract that there can be absolute certainty.”

As we have said before, using a Thailand property law firm really is a small price to pay to ensure you have your legal rights under Thai law completely protected in the event that anything goes wrong.

Andrew Batt
The author of this article is Andrew Batt, the founder and editor of www.thailandproperty.news. Andrew has been writing about property and real estate issues in Thailand and Southeast Asia for more than 10 years. He has worked for PropertyGuru Group, DDproperty, Dot Property Group, Hipflat and AsiaRents. He has also produced content for leading Thailand property developers and real estate agencies.
Email: andrew.thailandpropertynews@gmail.com.


  1. Dear Michael,

    Thanks for your comment. We totally understand your point. On this occasion we reached out for comment to at least three of our existing property lawyer contacts, not only in Bangkok but also elsewhere in Thailand. The one used was the only one who was able to comment on the record before the given publishing deadline.

    We have quoted other Bangkok property lawyers in other published stories, and in the future we will add you to our list of lawyers for comment on any law-related articles.

    Thanks again for taking the time to comment, and for your interest in ThailandProperty.News.

  2. As a Bangkok lawyer, I agree 100% with the article. However, for someone who claims to be 100% unbiased and ad-free, the use of only a single source, who happens to be a lawyer, appears as if you are promoting this law firm over the many other qualified companies in Bangkok. I strongly advise using multiple sources in the future to avoid this appearance of promotion and favouritism in your work.

    Mr. Michael Doyle, Esq.

  3. A comment suggesting that ThailandProperty.News accepts advertising and has issued invoices in that respect was left earlier today. The comment was factually incorrect, defamatory and will not be published.

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