Renting land in Thailand
Renting or leasing land is a good alternative to incorporating or buying a company in order to secure tenancy. Smaller plots are commonly rented for up to 3 years using a standard Thai property-rental contract, and 30 year leases can be registered at the Land Department.
Most owners will already have a standard Thai rental contract - those are in common circulation and can even be acquired at office supply shops.
To rent or lease for longer than 3 years, the contract must be registered at the Land Department. This results in the agreement being documented on the land Title Deed which means that the agreement must be honoured if/when the owner sells the land. For 30-year leases, it is commonplace for the whole price to be paid at the start.
It is also commonplace to be offered 3 times 30 years, a provision which can be included in the first contract, but if the owner sells the land, or the land is inherited in the event of his/her death, the new owner is under no obligation to honour that promise.
The lessee's rights under the contract also cease in the event of his/her death, so these leases cannot be inherited. It is also worth noting that such leases can only be sold with the acquiescence of the lessor.
As renting tenants, lessees are bound by commonplace legal obligations to pay the rent on time, protect the property, keep it clean, avoid storing dangerous substances - that kind of thing.
Most lessors are happy to have a well-behaved tenant and will not cause undue difficulties. If lessees have any unusual or unorthodox intentions for use of the property, these should be documented and agreed in the contract.