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Your Guide to Renting in Phuket

When it comes to renting in Phuket, the search for the perfect home or office rental can be a daunting task if you're not prepared. To aid you in your quest for the perfect Phuket rental, has compiled a handly checklist that covers all aspects of renting in Phuket.

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    Location, location, location...

    You've heard it time again regardless of whether you're buying or renting property -- there's nothing more important than location.


    As Thailand's largest island, different areas in Phuket can be separated by quite a distance, meaning more time spent commuting than enjoying all the island has to offer. Do you need to be close to your kids' school? Your workplace? Near the beach? Close to the town centre? Whatever your personal requirements, make sure the rentals you're considering are in the right location for you!

    For more information about the different areas of Phuket that we cover, make sure you check out our Phuket Location Guide.

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    What's it cost?

    Of course, if a property is priced beyond your budget, than location won't matter a great deal.

    Search for those properties that fit within your budget, regardless of whether you're renting long-term or looking a holiday rental. Keep additional costs, such as utilities, in mind as well. In many cases, landlords and property owners will list their "low-end" price, so be sure to ask about all the extras that you may need to pay.

    For holiday rentals, keep in mind that there are seasonal fluctuations in rental rates here in Phuket. The "low season", from April to October, is when you'll find the lowest prices and best deals as property owners try to fill vacancies during the rainy season. You'll be paying a great deal more for the same properties during the "high season" which lasts from November to March. And there's also a "peak season" during the New Year period when rates are at their highest. Remember this when you're enquiring about properties as the rates you'll be paying can be highly dependant on the period of your stay.

    For long-term rentals, in many cases the longer you stay the better a monthly price you'll be able to negotiate. Of course, you may be required to commit (pre-pay) to a certain period before you can take advantage of these favourable rates.

    Finally, don't forget to ask what sort of security deposit you'll be required to pay. In general, this can be a month or two month's rent to be paid in advance and refundable when you vacate the property (less any damages, of course).

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    Protecting your deposit

    For long-term rentals where you've been required to pay a deposit, be sure to request an inventory from the landlord. Check this list against the items in the house or apartment to ensure that everything is accounted for and in good working condition. Both you and your landlord should sign the inventory. This extra effort will ensure there are no disputes when you're leaving over damages to items and so on.

    If your landlord does not provide an inventory, you can always create one yourself and ask your landlord to approve/agree to the contents.