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  1. House Registration Book (Tabien Baan)

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    The house registration certificate Thailand, “Tabien Baan”, is the official resident, house or apartment address registration booklet in Thailand. The house registration book includes the personal information of the persons having their domicile or legal residence at the house or condominium unit in Thailand.

    Contrary to what is often presumed by foreigners, this document is not proof of owning a house in Thailand. The Tabien Baan is a document issued by the local municipality (and not the land department) that is part of the official address registration Thailand papers of a home or condo unit. Its practical use is that it proves a person’s place of legal residence (official domicile). A house registration book may state the name of the owner, however in the case of a foreigner owning a house in Thailand who is not a Thai resident, it does not (unless he has official permanent residency in Thailand).

    There are two types of Tabien Baan:

    • The blue tabien baan or blue house registration book (Thor.Ror.14) for Thai nationals (with a blue booklet)
    • The yellow tabien baan or yellow house registration book (Thor.Ror.13) for foreigners (with a yellow booklet).

    Owning a house in Thailand

    As proof of person’s domicile, the Tabien Baan is asked on many occasions, e.g. car ownership transfer or land office registration, opening a bank account or when applying for utilities, such as a new electricity or telephone line connection. It also gives Thais the right to vote in the respective district. Since foreigners are usually not registered in a Thai house registration book, where proof of address is required, the ones with a non-immigrant visa may alternatively present a letter of residence. The local immigration office issues such documents. If the foreigner owns a condominium, the title deed in combination with the (empty) blue Tabien Baan and his passport may also serve as proof of residence.

    In the case of a foreigner owning a house (separate from the land) or a condominium in Thailand, the blue Tabien Baan is usually empty, unless he has Thai nationals living with him who have their permanent home at this address. It is also possible for the foreigner to request the yellow booklet if he meets one of the following qualifications:

    • Holding a non-immigrant visa
    • Having obtained temporary residence in the Thai Kingdom as a special case in accordance with the law on immigration and the declaration of the Cabinet (known as the Ministry of Interior’s Announcement on 1 February 2018, re: Permission to Some Alien for Stay in Thailand as a Special Case); and
    • A foreigner whose child or children are born within the Thai Kingdom.

    Any foreigner who meets one of these qualifications is eligible to apply for a yellow house registration book under Section 38 of Civil Registration Act B.E. 2534 (1991).

    The house registration book may provide certain tax advantages as well, mainly related to the resale of a property. In the case of the individual registered in the house registration book, Stamp Duty applies (instead of Specific Business Tax which has a significantly higher rate), if the seller has owned the property already more than one year (instead of five years without house registration). The house registration book provides acceptable proof of that.

    Tips for buying condo in Bangkok or buying a house in Thailand

    The foreigner or a new house owner may apply to the local municipality for issuing a house registration certificate Thailand within 15 days after the construction of the building is completed, or at any time after the acquisition of the condominium unit. Please see the following requirements for the registration:

    Foreigner is the owner of the structureForeigner is the condominium unit owner
    Original passport including official Thai translation,Original passport including official Thai translation,
    Building permit and layout plan,Official condominium sale agreement issued by the land office,
    Official House Sale Agreement issued by the land office,Lease agreement at the land office (in case of a long-term lease),
    Official Lease Agreement issued by the land office (in case of a long – team lease),Unit title deed,
    Land title deed,Pictures of the unit
    Photographs of the house,POA (if any)
    2 Witnesses2 Witnesses
    POA (if any)

    After submission, the house registration process will take approximately 30 days, depending on the municipality in charge.

    Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at [email protected]

  2. Social security registration process in Thailand

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    Under the Thai Social Security Act, B.E. 2533 a company was required to register as an employer at the Social Security Office (SSO) within 30 days after the first employee has started to work for the company.

    This rule has now changed with the latest notice letter by the SSO which was sent to one of our clients. From now on the following rule applies:

    A corporation is required to register at the SSO as an employer immediately after incorporation. This rule also applies if the company

    • does not have employees at this time;
    • is not operating yet, and/or;
    • is still in the processes of preparing to start operating.

    This new and significantly stricter rule should be noted by anyone who intends to set up a new business or is operating a business that is not registered at the SSO yet.

    Social security registration process in Thailand

    If there are any questions regarding the Social security registration process in Thailand, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

  3. New Fees for Business Registration

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    The former process of business registration was considered as complex and unclear. The new regulation enhances the system and brings benefits to the applicant. It helps to save costs and strengthen the competitiveness. The additional possibility of e-Registration provides savings up to 30%, it saves time and is an easy method to register the new business.

    While the former rates were not specified, and a moving scale was used as a guideline the new rates stipulate a fixed sum for Incorporation, Alteration, Dissolution and Liquidation. So, if you want to start a business the following flat rates will apply:

    • Incorporation of Partnership: THB 1000, e-Registration: THB 700
    • Incorporation of Limited Company within the same day: THB 5500, e-Registration: THB 3850
    • Alteration of Partnership, Limited Company, Increase Partnership capital made up of contributions,
      Increase limited company’s capital: THB 500 / time, e-Registration: THB 350
    • Dissolution and Liquidation: THB 500, e-Registration: THB 350
    • other registrations: THB 500 / time, e-Registration: THB 350

    Note that special Development Areas can request a reduction by half from the new rates. But, another reduction within the e-Registration is not provided. The new fee system simplifies the registration process and ensures transparency. It is a welcomed change and encourages starting a business in Thailand.