I'm not so sure about that. I've never heard of that nowadays. Where are you at? I'd buy that if you're out in the boonie somewhere. Let's start with your location and see where to go from there. The fact that the landlord uses nickname is the clue to laws of the land. What's the deposit amount? Perhaps, the local custom is that the deposit is your ticket to freedom. You walk and they keep it. Capeesh?My water goes off constantly, so does the electricity, yet from what I am told that is one of the endearing qualities about living in Thailand.