Can a foreigner buy a stilt house above the water in Thailand?

I know foreigners cannot own land but own a structure above the land? I read it among other sources on this website here: http://www.thaicontracts.com/articles/8-thai-law-isn-t-simple/69-foreign-home-ownership-in-thailand.html. My gf's family offered me a house for sale, for me and my gf to live in, but it is built on stilts on water in Koh Chang. It has a walkway to the land. The title is an official Tabien Baan with all the details. Can I as a foreigner buy this house and Is this a secure form of title deed and how to proceed. Thanks you for any advice regarding this matter!
Asked 5 years ago
michael

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You cannot actually own these houses as a real estate property as it has no official ownership title deed. These houses on stilts only exist with the allowance of the marine department. You as a foreigner cannot claim any rights in such area. A tabien baan is a house registration book, it is merely an administrative document and registers residents who live there and it states their official domicile/ address. It is not in any way an ownership document and you cannot claim any damages when they would withdraw allowance for the locals to use this area.

Answered 5 years ago
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