What are the main types of land title deeds?
Land title deeds are divided into 3 main categories:
1.) Chanote (Nor Sor 4 Jor),
2.) The Nor Sor 3 Gor
3.) Nor Sor 3
Chanote is the most well known and the preferred type and grants the holder of this document the full rights over the land. Upon which you may sub-divide, sell, transfer, assign, utilize and possesses. Usually all condominiums are to be built on Chanote titles. The measurements of the land are most accurate making it the most preferred title deed to hold if you are planning to own a land in Thailand.
Nor Sor 3 Gor is a title document that is issued when a land is awaiting a full title deed. The land is measured by the land department and determines the exact boundaries so the owner knows exactly the area he owns. This type of land may be sold, transferred, or mortgaged or divided. Owner of the land may also file a petition to the land department requesting to change it to a full title deed (Chanote), and the land department may do so if there is no opposition made against the petition.
Nor Sor 3 is issued by a district land officer and has not yet been measured by the land department. Having no exact boundaries can cause problems in the future with regard to determining the area your land is while division to neighboring land. This title document determines the right to merely possess the land, but without transferring actual possession. The owner cannot sell or transfer property subject to it being publicized for at least a 30 day period. However, the Nor Sor 3 title may later be switched to a Nor Sor 3 Gor, or Chanote in the future.
There are a number of other land titles also available, however these do not afford the owner many rights to the land under Thai law and are therefore not recommended.