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06 Apr 2016

If you are not looking to rent a residence in Hua Hin, Thailand, then you'll either be renting an apartment or condo. So what is the main difference? Well, a flat is really a building owned by an individual entity and only for rental, rather than a condominium which consists on many units that may be on the market or rent, by different owners.

I've found that Hua Hin apartments units also are usually larger and much more spacious than condo units, since condominiums can be bought to get a profit, thus it is just natural the developer tries to squeeze as numerous units into one building. I guess this is actually the case anywhere on the world and condo units are only able to get smaller with the rising construction costs.


However, there exists a utility surcharge for many Hua Hin apartments that can be quite significant whenever you total that most up at the end of each month. Electricity charges direct from the M.E.A. is 3.75 baht per unit and apartments have a tendency to charge between 4 - 7 baht per unit based on the grade from the apartment and also the facilities it offers. Apartments usually charge a flat rate for water, around 1000 baht per month that is in regards to a 100% mark up from the actual rate.

For apartments, all repair and maintenance pricing is included in the rent, however with condos, depending on your landlord, most private contracts stipulate the tenant is in charge of everyday, minor repairs not exceeding 2000 baht each and every time.

One other thing many tenants are involved about gets high speed internet connected in the home. ADSL in Thailand comes from the telephone line. There, when you have a line connected in your own home, it is possible to virtually get online. However, if your rental unit is an older property, odds are your phone lines come in analog helping to make getting ADSL impossible. The only method around that could be use a new, digital line yourself that is a pretty painless process and takes a week or so to be installed.

Almost all rental properties come internet ready - meaning there is a telephone line installed. Meaning, there is a digital telephone line installed where one can easily apply for an ADSL account with your local ISP. For some reason, most of landlords like the internet connection to make within the tenant's name which is easily done. Internet charges are rarely included in the rent unless indicated specifically on the website or during final negotiations.

Exactly the same applies for long-stay apartments. Internet lines are connected whenever you move around in and disconnected when you move out, until another person gets control of the unit. However, short stay serviced apartments certainly are a difference case. Since they operate like hotels, wireless internet is normally easily available once you sign in and included in the rental rates.


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