This study examined Bangkok's condominium management system with a particular focus on the role of property management companies as members of juridical persons. The number of condominiums in Bangkok has been proliferating rapidly, particularly in areas near the mass rapid transit system. The Thailand Condominium Act requires that a condominium juridical person be registered upon transfer of ownership of the first condominium unit. This study's analysis of data collected from interviews with 16 condominium juridical persons found that there are three types: 1) property management companies; 2) juridical person employees; and 3) a combination of 1) and 2). All but one condominium-which used the mixed management type-had hired property management companies to oversee management and maintenance. Reasons cited for this overwhelming preference included insufficient management and maintenance knowledge among juridical employees, and limited beneficial connections with outsourcers and suppliers among juridical person employees. The interview results demonstrate that the responsibilities of property management companies extend beyond their job description and include caring for residents, seeking solutions for condominium problems, and creative thinking for innovative proposals for alternative management practices.
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