Be it whichever of a scaly, a feathered or a furry friend, sharing your life with a companion animal has been scientifically proven time and again to provide considerable therapeutic benefits to one’s emotional health, spiritual well-being and physical fitness. For those who dream of re-locating to Chiang Mai and simply can’t bear to part company from their pampered pooch or cosseted cat, trying to track down a new home here that’s willing to also accommodate a cherished pet can, admittedly, be something of a challenge.
The most popular type of local real estate among foreign expats it may be but Chiang Mai’s multitude of condos generally prohibit the keeping of pets of any kind. As with any rule, though, there are always exceptions; Rim Ping Condominium, for instance, doesn’t impose any restrictions on letting residents shelter a small dog while Nakornping Condominium, Galare Thong Tower and Twin Peaks Condominium all permit a small pet (limited to either of a cat or a dog). It’s important to remember, though, that every single residential unit within a condo is individually owned so, even if the building itself allows, almost all landlords are not open to accepting a tenant with a pet in tow.
While staff at some other condos knowingly overlook the fact and it may seem tempting to sneak your pet into the property and without the express written permission of the condo owner, doing so would not only contravene building regulations but equally your lease agreement. As some foreign visitors to Chiang Mai have already attested, ignorance is no defence either and, if caught, residents face the very real risk of being evicted with little -if any- notice and, worse, a proportion or all of their security deposit withheld by the condo owner. It’s precisely to safeguard the interests of all parties that Perfect Homes operates a strict no pets policy in our condo contracts.
An infinitely more preferable living arrangement, of course, is to source a landed residential property in the form of a house. Not only do houses here generally represent the best value for money in terms of price per square metre and exist in far greater numbers than condos throughout the city, outlying suburbs and surrounding districts but often have an outdoor space (either of a yard or a garden) with owners who are usually more sympathetic to tenants keeping a pet. With Chiang Mai’s almost dizzying supply of individual, semi-detached and terraced private dwellings in addition to moo baan [Thai style housing estates], feel free to browse our currently listed houses to buy or houses to rent.
Do you know of any other condos in Chiang Mai that officially allow pets? Have you kept anything more exotic than a cat or a dog while living in Chiang Mai? Care to offer any amusing anecdotes or cautionary advice from having owned a pet in Chiang Mai? We’d absolutely love to hear about your experiences so do leave us a comment below!
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