Renting in Chiang Rai, ADSL Internet and Cable TV Services
There are two types of rental properties in Chiang Rai, long-term and short-term. A long-term rental is at least 6 months, usually a year. Most owners prefer a long-term renter as it makes things easier for them. All long-stay properties require you to sign a contract with the owner and you will need two signed copies of your passport. Monthly rental payments are made into the bank account of the owner. The owner should give you a receipt whenever money is received. Electricity, water and phone are the responsibility of the tenant.
A short-term stay is usually month to month although some property is available on a daily or weekly basis. The price of a short-term rental is higher than a long-term rental because of the additional costs of cleaning and time associated with setting up the customer. Some owners want a contract and deposit but others do not. Electricity, water and phone are the responsibility of the tenant.
The standard deposit for a long-term rental is two months unless the property is exceptionally nice or has expensive furniture. In that case, some owners ask for three months. At the time of moving into the property, you pay the first month’s rent plus the deposit. Lanna Realty works hard to have good relationships with all the landlords so we can guarantee you will get your deposit back as long as you keep the house in good condition and all the outstanding bills are paid.
ADSL in Chiang Rai is offered by 3BB, TOT and CAT, the Communications Authority of Thailand. TOT offers the most reasonable prices and service is generally good however it is difficult to get a new phone line. 3BB and CAT are both reasonably good if you can get their service.
Satellite TV is offered by UBC. A number of smaller companies offer Philippino TV (of questionable legality.) UBC has various packages from 340 to 2000 baht per month. Philippino TV companies charge a one time fee for the equipment and installation, usually about 7,000 baht, and the descrambler needs to be updated about 4 times a year (which does not cost anything.) Numerous shops around Chiang Rai and in Mae Sai offer this service.
For a list of our rental houses, please take a look at Rental Houses