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Investing in Paradise: A Guide to the Phuket Villa for Rent Market

July 3, 2023
Phuket villa owners often face serious challenges in trying to rent out their property. This article will explain how professional villa management can make renting out your property in Phuket that little bit easier.
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One of the biggest hotspots in Southeast Asia for property owners looking to make a profit is in the Phuket villa for rent market. The island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, and with the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic now behind us, the Phuket villa rental market is enjoying an explosion in popularity. Demand for luxury villas now far outstrips supply, and the result has been skyrocketing rental prices. In short, there has never been a better time to rent out a Phuket villa.

That doesn’t mean putting up your house for rent in Phuket is plain sailing. Phuket villa owners often face serious challenges in trying to rent out their property. These include everything from language barriers and cultural differences to legal complications and the search for the right tenant. CBRE’s vast experience in villa rental services helps owners to overcome such hurdles, and in this article we’ll take a closer look at some of these challenges and explain how professional villa management can make renting out your property in the “Jewel of the Andaman” that little bit easier.

Marketing and Advertising Your Villas for Rent in Phuket

Perhaps the biggest challenge for a villa owner in Phuket is knowing how to effectively market and advertise their property. With so many villas for rent in Phuket, it can be challenging to stand out from the crowd and attract potential tenants. This is particularly true of luxury villas; more expensive properties attract more discerning tenants, and villa owners who lack marketing and advertising skills may struggle to promote their property, which leads to villas being vacant longer than necessary, ultimately translating into lower rental income. CBRE’s villa rental services help property owners overcome this challenge by ensuring that properties are made visible to the right potential tenants. This means property owners maximize their rental income.

More seriously, the island is seeing a boom in freelancers and one-man businesses trying to take advantage of the rapid changes in the market. These players may not always have the owner’s best interests at heart, focusing their limited resources on short-term profits rather than planning for the long run. By contrast, CBRE maintains a constant presence and has vast experience in dealing with issues big and small.

Language and Cultural Barriers

Phuket is a diverse destination, with visitors coming from all over the world. However, this can also lead to language and cultural barriers that may be challenging for property owners to navigate. Property owners who don't speak Thai or understand the local culture may struggle to communicate with tenants, negotiate rental agreements, and resolve disputes effectively. CBRE Phuket’s bilingual staff make sure that negotiations on rental agreements, rent collection, and resolution of disputes occur as smoothly as possible, without any language barriers. Additionally, the team will screen tenants prior to reservation to ensure that anyone who wishes to rent your villa is the right fit for the property.

TM30 Notification

Property owners need to understand local laws and regulations regarding property ownership, tenancy agreements, and rental operations and income. CBRE can recommend reputable and experienced law firms on the island to ensure that, in your role as landlord, you are always compliant with the latest regulations.

The TM30 notification is a good example. Many people are uninformed of the laws surrounding this piece of bureaucracy, but landlords (e.g., housemasters, possessors, and managers) should be aware that they are legally obliged to report when a foreigner (i.e., a non-Thai national) stays in his/her property. It is vitally important that foreigners in Thailand and their hosts are aware of laws like this.

Property Maintenance

Maintaining a rental property in Phuket can be challenging, especially for property owners who live outside of Thailand. Property owners need to ensure that their properties are well-maintained, clean, and safe for tenants. Failure to do these things could lead to negative reviews, lower occupancy rates, and reduced rental income. Professional property management services can help landlords and property owners overcome this challenge by providing them with access to a network of reliable contractors and maintenance staff who will ensure that properties meet the necessary standards. This helps landlords and property owners maintain their properties effectively and attract high-quality tenants.

Things to Keep in Mind

There are some basic rules to keep in mind if you decide to go with villa rental services from a company like CBRE. Keep in mind that such management programs generally start at a minimum of three months; there is little benefit for either party when time and labor are invested in a project for shorter periods than this. However, if the property is particularly luxurious and a shorter rental period during the high season (i.e., Christmas and New Year) is on the table, this is something that may be worth doing.

If you have a Phuket villa or house for rent and you’d like to avail of CBRE’s expertise, why not contact us.

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