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Sunbelt Asia Weekly Column 1 December 2017

Sunbelt Asia Weekly Column

1 December 2017

Arrest for non-payment of rent?

Question 1:
I'm asking this question on behalf of a friend who owes 2 months' back rent to a Thailand-based Chinese property corporation. He was renting a condo in Bangkok when he noticed that property management forgot to give him his bill for 2 months straight. He himself forgot about it too. One day, he received a phone call from his mother telling him that his grandpa had passed away, so he left Thailand to return home. Once back home, he received an email from the management company asking for rent payment within 3 days and if payment wasn't received, they would proceed according to the law. He said that he had to take care of his family situation and didn't know when he'd be back. He told them they could keep the deposit payment. The company said he'd still have to pay the 2 months' back rent. At that point, he didn't reply. He has since left Thailand, but he wants to return. However, he's afraid that if he lands at Bangkok Airport, he might be arrested and imprisoned, if the company did report him to the police. Since the company did threaten to proceed according to the law, might there have been a chance that they reported him to the police and immigration? The company has a copy of his passport. Is there any way to find out if he's on an Immigration watch list or blacklist? Is there any way to find out if there's a warrant for his arrest? Do you provide that service? Is it stupid of him to return to Thailand? In Thailand, this is a civil matter and not a criminal matter, right? What are the chances of him returning to Thailand and nothing-bad happening to him?

Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors responds:
Under Thai law paying rent falls under civil law so there would be no arrest as he has not broken any criminal law. The police may take a report but would have no grounds to arrest him. Since the owner has the two months deposit, which is the same as the outstanding rent, there should be no outstanding case.. However, Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors would be happy to check with the police for his peace of mind. We would need a copy of his passport. .

Taking son to the United Kingdom

Question 2:
I have been residing here in the Kingdom for just over 4 years. I am now looking to take a holiday back to the UK and take my wife and son with me to visit my family at home. My situation is a little more complex than normal due to the fact that my son is from my previous marriage to another Thai national who I divorced 9 years ago. Although he has lived with my wife and I for the past year or so, at the moment he does not yet have a Thai or British passport. I am in the process of getting a Thai one for him and will then try to get him the British one. This is not being made easy due to the geographical location of his mother and some other issues created by her. I think it's likely that I will have to take him to the UK with the Thai passport and apply for a holiday visa for him due to time constraints and then get him a UK passport at a later date. What I really need to know is, what documentation will I need to present to be able to bring him with me on holiday? Also what other documents would be useful in ensuring my wife get's her visa at the first time of asking? We will have a letter from my boss who has employed me for nearly 3 years and my wife for about 2.5 years. My condo rental agreement, photos taken over several years we have lived together, copies of the flights I have booked and receipt from the house rental that will cover the duration of our stay and salary details and bank statements. If there is anything else you can recommend it would be much appreciated.

Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors responds:
While it is not against Thai law for a custodial parent to take a child out of the country without the other parentís permission it is important to note that this can vary on a case by case basis and since the child has a Thai passport an official may question as to parental custody and permission. If you have a court document stating that you have custody this could help allay any concerns that may arise.

As for the childís visa, you will need to prove that your child will be coming back, if he or she is enrolled in school a letter from the school head stating that the child is enrolled in school and that fees have been paid for his return the following term for instance. It would also be helpful, in addition to the documents you mention, to include proof of your visa in Thailand, for example if you are on a one year marriage extension or non-B work visa copies of the visa and work permit should be included.

Legal help in sueing Hospital in Malaysia

Question 3:
My wife and I are both health care specialists (MD, PhD). Case: We lost a member of our Thai family, 40 years old, male, sporty when travelling in Malaysia, by a sudden heart attack. After start of symptoms during the night he was immediately admitted to the ER of the biggest hospital in Kuala Lumpur, and diedwithin one hour. However, the standard treatment for - the correctly diagnosed - myocardial infarction, a so called PCI (percutaneous catheter intervention) was not applied. Since 2 months the family asks for copies of the medical records, being staved off repeatedly. Question: How to proceed legally against a foreign facility, for 1. Getting hold of the documents related to the case, and 2. Suing them if recommended. What are the estimated costs?

Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors responds:
We at Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors would like to offer our sympathies for the loss of your family member and that the Malaysian hospital has not been forthcoming in providing you with information. Unfortunately, this case falls under Malaysian jurisdiction and we do not have any irghts in jurisdictions outside Thailand. We suggest that you find a Malaysian law firm that can assist you in this process.

Tuesday, December 5 is Father's Day and H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Birthday National Day. Sunbelt Asia offices will be closed this day to honor HM the Late King and all Fathers in Thailand, our offices will open for business on Monday, December 4 and then re-open on Wednesday, December 6. Monday, December 11 is the substitution day for Constitution Day which falls on Sunday, December 10 and is also a public holiday. Sunbelt Asia offices will re-open on Tuesday, December 12.

Thailand's new Minister of Tourism and Sports was announced last week and Weerasak Kowsurat has already mapped out new focus areas of tourism aimed at expanding tourism and revenues from tourism. The Minister wants to increase tourism to local communities that will help villagers to generate income for people in the villages. The Minister is looking to promote tourism to what they call second and third tier destinations, those destinations outside the major destinations of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, and Krabi. He plans on reviving the Tourism Clinic which was created several years ago to help improve damaged attractions and to help local people develop unique products. Mr. Weerasak has been active in the tourism industry for years, holding positions as the chairman of the Designed Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration, the chairman of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, the chairman of Tourism Authority of Thailand and the chairman of the Sports Authority of Thailand. Hoteliers expressed optimism that his extensive experience will help strengthen the sector and encouraged him to continue the focus on unique local products from the village level.

Krabi airport will be getting a new baggage handling system as well as common-use check in systems enabling all kiosks to handle all passengers from any airline as part of upgrades planned for Krabi, Udon Thani, and Surat Thani. Kohn Kaen, Ubon Ratchatani and Nakhon Si Thammarat airports are also in the scheduled upgrades as part of the Department of Airports "Smart Airports plan". Currently the Krabi airport handled 4 million passengers in 2016, double the amount of Surat Thani and Udon Thani airports. The Department of Airports, which oversees these three internationally registered airports along with 25 other airports nationwide, is also in talks to add automatic passport screening machines to ease passenger congestion as well as new luggage handling systems that will screen in-line and screen for explosives too. The Department is looking to add automated boarding pass scanning systems as well. The Airports of Thailand, which operates the two airports in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Hat Yai, is looking to expand the airports in Tak and Udon Thani, upgrading passenger terminals and expanding runways.

Star Cruises will begin running cruises to Samui and Sihanoukville in Cambodia from Laem Chambang Port in Chonburi starting this month. The cruises are expected to run on weekends from December 17 through to April 27, 2018 and will cater to Thai and foreign residents, and tourists looking for short weekend hops around the region. The company will consider expanding services to other ports of call if consumers respond to positively to the route. Currently several cruise liners operate out of Thailand, including Laem Chabang, Koh Samui, and Phuket as well as many that include Thailand on their routes. The Thai government is looking to develop infrastructure for high end cruise ships. Cruise tourism is expanding in ASEAN, the average cruise visitor spends 6,174 baht a day compared to the average of 4,000 baht a day by foreign tourists.

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Special Sunrise Tacos offer for holiday dinners

For our guests in Bangkok who would like us to prepare your hot turkey dinner we offer several packages with traditional sides and fruit pies so that you can dine at home with family and friends in Bangkok.

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Special offer on serviced offices extended through November!!

We are offering two types of serviced offices available at a special promotional deal

Office with space for two staff at 9,500 baht a month
Office with space for three staff at 11,000 baht a month
Happy anniversary from all of us at Sunbelt Asia!!

A "Thank you" gift for our clients new and old!

Sunbelt Asia has been offering our excellent service to our clients for 15 years! As our 15th anniversary gift we would like to offer our professional services on retirement and marriage visa extensions at the very special reduced rate of 7,500 baht as a thank you to our clients new and old for their support over the years.


Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors can handle all your legal and business needs; from visas to work permits, prenuptial agreements to divorces, condo purchases and wills.

Be sure and contact our English speaking legal advisors for all your legal needs


We at Sunbelt Asia see many of our clients regularly ask us legal questions regarding living and running a business in Thailand. To help out we have set up a FREE Expert Answers for Your Questions in Thailand Facebook page; Sunbelt Asia Facebook Expert Advice Page


Serviced Offices for all your business needs

Sunbelt Asia is offering first class Serviced Offices in a prestigious office building in a prime location starting at 10,000 Baht. The first month is free for a six month contract! 

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Large home-style Italian restaurant in top Sukhumvit location

This charming home-style Italian restaurant is located in newly constructed building in a busy area of Sukhumvit road in an area surrounded by 5 star hotels and high end condominiums and is well-reviewed on Trip Advisor.

The 300 sqm restaurant has 7 years left on the lease and covers 2 floors with an balcony. The owner invested 20 million in the business for kitchen equipment, decor, software and security systems with a CCTV camera as well. Rent on this space is 372,500 baht a month and the building has parking for 6 cars onsite and 10 spaces in a nearby building with valet parking. Rent for the 10 spaces off site is 25,000 baht per month. There are 20 full-time staff with a total monthly payroll of 350,000 baht. A Thai company with 6 million baht in registered capital allowing for 3 work permits is included in the sale as is the registered trademark. Sales have averaged 1.4 - 1.5 million baht a month.

The new owner can change the focus of the restaurant if they desire as the location is prime. The owner is selling as he has another restaurant that takes up all his time and has no time to manage this one.

ASKING PRICE: 19 million baht (BKK15803)

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Event organizer brand & website in Bangkok

A well-known website and brand is up for sale offering the aspiring event organizer a great entry into the networking business. The sale includes the website, as well as all social media sites, meetups, and a full mailing list and database of attendees, potential events and more. The brand is quite well known in Bangkok and around Thailand for event organization. Also included in the sale are several event brands and logos along with partnerships with events in Singapore and around Thailand.

The owners are also providing three months of assistance for the buyer in event organizing, strategy, marketing promotion for the first three months of business.

ASKING PRICE: 5 million baht / US$ 150,000 (BKK15799)

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French restaurant with beautiful garden terrace in the heart of Sukhumvit

Set in a beautifully decorated French country style home with an outdoor garden terrace dining area, this well-known and popular French restaurant is located on Sukhumvit 39. There is even parking for 20 cars in this space, a rarity in the Sukhumvit area. The business has earned a good reputation for delicious home-style French cuisine and a charming, relaxed ambiance since its opening in 2014.

Rent on this spacious premises (120 sqm for the restaurant, 40sqm for the kitchen plus the garden area and parking) is 90,000 baht on a two year lease. There are eight staff with a total monthly payroll of 148,000 baht. Sales reach 7.8 million annually.

The owner is moving overseas and so is seeking to sell the restaurant.

ASKING PRICE: 7 million baht (BKK15787)

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Prime Siam Square location seeks tenant to share space

An existing dental clinic is seeking a tenant to share space on this amazing Siam Square location. Siam Square is one of the top locations in Bangkok and this is an ideal location for a beauty clinic to open and share the common area and consultation room with the dental clinic that is using a part of the premises. The new tenant would share the rental fee with the dental clinic. Rent on the space in this really amazing location is 126,000 baht a month for the new tenant. A deposit of 3 months and one month in advance would be necessary.

RENTAL PRICE: 126,000 baht a month (BKK15777)

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Executive Serviced apartment building & land in Ratchada

Located in the heart of Ratchada and just steps from the MRT station, this executive apartment building includes not just ownership of the building but of the 200sqw land the building is set on, a rare find in this part of Bangkok.

The apartments have high occupancy rates, reaching 98 percent year round. There is a gym and elevator and a regular steady clientele of residents that work in nearby offices. Sales last year reached 12 million baht with a profit of 8 million baht.

The value of the land and building alone are over 80 million baht. The owner is moving overseas and is forced to sell this profitable business. ASKING PRICE: 210 million baht (BKK15760)

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Long-established construction company in Rayong, includes factory & land

In the heart of busy, industrial Rayong province, this long running fabrication and construction company has been in business for 20 years and is a specialist in the energy field, a focus of the current BOI targets.

The factory, with buildings and land included in the sale, is in Rayong and has a total area of 24,000 sqm. This ISO 9001/2008 certified company has a registered capital of 30 million baht which enables for quite a few work permits, and has long established contacts and concessions in the business ensuring that this turn key business is in place for the new owner.

The owner is retiring and so is selling this business.

ASKING PRICE 130 million baht (BKK15740)

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Chaweng beach bar on Samui island

Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui is the top destination for visitors to the island and this popular long-running bar is located in the heart of Chaweng. The bar has built up a good reputation over the years it has been open and is highly rated on Trip Advisor and with great wod of mouth, this bar is one of the top nightlife destinations on Samui.

This fun bar can seat 40 and is open from 7:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. There are three full time dedicated employees with monthly wages of 37,300 baht per month. Rent on this top location is 560,000 baht a year or 46,666 baht per month and the lease expires in March 2019. This busy bar saw sales between 4.5 to 5.5 million baht in the last years with a net profit of 2.5 million baht.

The owner has owned the bar for more than ten years and is ready to retire and so is selling the business. This is a truly turn-key business. Walk in and take over a thriving bar in the heart of Chaweng.

ASKING PRICE: 2.5 million baht (BKK15724)

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Phang Nga resort & land

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to develop a currently operating resort style property to add villas, hotels or condominiums. Located in the popular and growing tourist destination of Phang Nga on the Andaman Coast, this resort complex is set on 44 rai of land, of which only 3 rai have seen development, making this a tremendous opportunity to grow this business.

Currently there are three buildings on the property but the opportunities growth are huge. The business offers accommodation and a restaurant along with adventure activities, a popular tourist activity. Hosting events such as conventions and weddings has been a major source of income along with leisure tourists.

There are 40 full time and 10 part time employees with a monthly payroll of 500,000 baht. The property includes 44 rai of chanote land not far from the airport. Annual sales have reached 20 million since its inception in 2015 and profit reached 3 million per year.

The owner wishes to retire and so is seeking to sell this development with great potential.

ASKING PRICE 375,000,000 baht (BKK15781)

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Sunrise Tacos Franchise

Interested in joining the most successful and popular Mexican restaurant franchise in Thailand? Sunrise Tacos is seeking qualified franchisees to join us in our commitment to quality and healthy, delicious food. Are you experienced in hospitality or business management but want to strike out on your own? Sunrise Tacos is seeking franchisees fully committed to the Sunrise Tacos way; with a hands on approach to running the business and experience in hospitality or business management. The leadership at Sunrise Tacos prides itself on maintaining a close and personal relationship with each of our franchisees and looks at franchising as a long-term business partnership. We are committed to our franchise partners and helping them grow.

With the opening of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this year we at Sunrise Tacos see the potential for growth in the region. If you want to be a part of that potential let us know! We already have a branch in Phnom Penh and have added more around Thailand, including our new franchise in Chiang Mai, and are seeking committed, enthusiastic business minded people to join us. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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