The warning was delivered by a notice posted inside the condo building, at the southern end of Patong, earlier this week.
“The notice is live on the noticeboard in reception and has been sent out to all owners. The notice states that any foreign owner who is renting his/her unit must by law obtain a work permit, even if the person uses a real estate broker, they still have to get a work permit,” one tenant told The Phuket News.
Management at the Phuket Palace Condominium in the notice said that their lawyers had confirmed with the Ministry of Labour “that the owner must have a work permit because there is money in exchange for rentals and proper taxation must be paid to Patong municipality too.”
The notice also pointed out concerns for owners of units under the “foreign quota” – the number of units foreigners are allowed to own within condo developments in Thailand.
“In actual fact, according to Thai Law, foreigners allowed to purchase under foreign quota is only allowed for personal dwelling and not for business or income,” the notice read.
“There were questions that the foreign unit owners have a contract with an estate agent, to my personal knowledge the unit owner still have to apply for a work permit but no documentation from Government departments have been sent to our Juristic Person office although we know for sure that the work permit is needed, it is up to foreign unit owners to decide,” the notice continued.
Regarding rental of units at the development, the notice added, “Rentals can be done from 30 days up and not less. If you are a Thai company you need not have a work permit as you have Thai directors.”
The notice was marked as issued by the “Phuket Palace Condominium Juristic Person”.
The notice comes amid a crackdown by officials against properties not registered under the Hotel Act being rented out for periods of less than 30 days. (See story here.)