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    Whats the chance of getting my deposit back in Bkk?

    I have been looking at a place going for 18k

    Before I move in however they are asking for 54k

    2 months deposit + first month rent

    Its not pocket change so I would like to know if there is a high chance I will lose the 36k. I would also like to know if landlords are open to negotiation about the amount of deposit.

    Thanks

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    Never had a problem getting my deposit back, if it's a private landlord they might accept a lower deposit.
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    If you complete the contract, and dont trash the place, you'll get the deposit back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bet View Post
    If you complete the contract, and dont trash the place, you'll get the deposit back.
    Unless you live downtown...they'll blame you for the place smelling like smoke.

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    Hi Maw

    Quote Originally Posted by Maw
    Its not pocket change so I would like to know if there is a high chance I will lose the 36k.
    Sometimes some landlords or project owners will try to make a little extra on departure such as charging for the broken toilet seat that was already broken before you moved in, or something similar! But aside from the odd cheeky charge (by some), and maybe a bit of a delay getting your deposit back (by others), most folks get most of their money back without too much ado.

    Unless you really 'trash' the place then there's nothing much to worry about. And if you do leave it in poor condition, then you should quite rightly pay for any damage.

    Should you be unlucky enough to rent a place from a rip-off merchant, then don't argue with them. Just head down to the tourist police and explain the situation. That's what Ajarn's own Phil W had to do once and got all monies returned on the spot.

    If there are a few minor items evident pre-move, such as cracked windows or broken bogs, then it might pay you to take some date stamped photos on the day you move in, and use them as evidence if they become issues when checking out. That said, most places are fine so long as you take good care of the place. Don't forget, you only ever get to hear the disaster stories, which might dominate the forums, but really are few and far between.

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    Thanks for the info guys, put my mind at ease

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    Why 2 mths deposit + 1 mths in ad its usually 1+1?

    Make sure the utility rates are specified if they are not in your name
    Written and photo condition report before move in
    Any request by you or offers by them for work/repairs/improvements done beforehand

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    Quote Originally Posted by GWW View Post
    Why 2 mths deposit + 1 mths in ad its usually 1+1?
    In 3 places it has been 2 months plus 1 month rent up front in Bangkok.

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    Usually, in BKK, it's 2 months deposit plus 1 month advance. Make sure the contract specified the time it take for your landlord to return your deposit. It will be helpful to both you and your landlord to take the photo of your apartment/condo at your move in date. That way, there can be no argument of who is responsible for the damage.

    Most of the time, with bangkok landlord, chances are you will get your deposit back.

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