Landlords will not need to repeatedly report foreign guests to immigration authorities from Tuesday if the arrivals meet certain conditions. (Bangkok Post photo)
Property owners will no longer be required to report the presence of foreign tenants in their properties as often as they do now, starting from Tuesday.
Section 38 of the Immigration Act requires that property or hotel owners who take in foreigners as guests notify officials within 24 hours, known as the TM30 rule.
The Immigration Bureau has changed the reporting frequency to only when they arrive. They do not need to file the reports again if the guests leave the premises only temporarily and then return, or when they have multiple-entry visas or re-entry permits.
The bureau called the amendment "a move to end duplication".
Landlords are still required to report the arrivals of tenants within 24 hours or face a fine up to 10,000 baht.
The change followed complaints about the need to file reports on their foreign guests every time they arrive at their properties, and foreigners who were unable to get services at immigration offices without being able to prove that TM30s had been filed.
Landlords include Thai and foreigners who own properties in Thailand, hotel managers and other accommodation operators.
They are required to file the reports at www.immigration.go.th website, or submit them in person or by mail to the immigration offices in their provinces, or the Immigration Division 1 Office at Government Complex on Chaeng Watthana Road in the case of Bangkok.
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duplication : doing something again, especially when it is unnecessary - การทำซ้ำ
frequency : the number of times something happens within a particular period - ความบ่อย
immigration : dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
Immigration Bureau : the government agency dealing with people entering and leaving the country and those who want to live there - สำนักงานตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
landlord : a person or organisation that owns a building or an area of land and is paid by other people for the use of it - เจ้าของที่ดิน
notify : to tell someone officially about something - แจ้ง
premises : the buildings and land that a business or organisation uses - ที่ดินและสิ่งปลูกสร้าง
temporarily : for a limited period of time - ชั่วคราว
tenant : a person who pays rent for the use of a room, building, land, etc. to the person who owns it - ผู้เช่า