Stricter Requirements for Landlords of Foreign Nationals
August 28, 2019 | Thailand
Landlords of foreign nationals are now required to submit a TM30 form (“Landlord Notification Receipt”) to immigration authorities as notification that a foreign national is living on their property.
Landlords must report a foreign national lessee’s move-in and move-out within 24 hours, and must also report the foreign national’s travel to another province or country if it lasts more than 24 hours. This requirement has been in place for some time but the Immigration Department has just begun enforcing it. Landlords that fail to submit the form or do so late may be fined.
Although the landlord and not the foreign national is required to submit the TM30 form, the Immigration Department may request evidence of TM30 submission when the foreign national applies for visa renewal or submits a 90-day report. Accordingly, foreign nationals making such submissions are advised to have a valid TM30. Foreign nationals that cannot produce a TM30 may be fined and/or have their applications denied.
As the requirement is not being enforced consistently across Thailand, requirements may differ across provinces or across immigration offices in a province. Landlords may be reluctant to rent to foreign nationals in light of the newly enforced requirement.