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Renting an Apartment in Shanghai - Things to Watch Out For

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1) Know your landlord.
Know as much information about your landlord as possible. Ensure you know where your landlord lives and there full contact details and that they will be available when any problems occur.

Its common for landlords to avoid you for the entire duration of your contract and only to make contact with you when it suits them. You may need to contact your landlord for repairs, maintenance and in emergencies.

2) Paying security deposits.
Some landlords never have the intention in returning your deposit at the end of your contract and will do whatever they can to keep that extra two or three months deposit you paid them.

3) The contract.
Ensure your contract protects you against wear and tear, who is responsible when something needs repairing ?

4) Insurance.
Is the property insured ? Who is responsible for structural, fire or flood damage ?

5) False promises.
Ensure the property is how you want it before you move in, or clearly stated in the contract. If the landlord says they will replace that sofa 3 weeks after you have moved in, you could end up waiting 3 months or more.

6) Check price.
Research how much others are paying for the same type of apartment in the same building, is the price fair or being inflated ?

7) Property ownership.
Is the person who claims to be the landlord actually the landlord ? When signing the contract ensure to get copies of their Chinese ID card.

8) Do they plan to sell the property ?.
There has been stories where the landlord has decided sell the property while someone is still a tenant in the property. Do you mind property viewing, people coming unexpectedly to check out the place ?

9) Keys & Entry rights?.
Dont want your landlord walking around your apartment when your not at home ? We have heard of landlords entering the property unknowingly to the tenant. Perhaps changing the locks or including acces permissions in the contract.

10) Is your agent licensed, do they have a office ? cant they be trusted ?.
Be cautious with your agent and who you are handing cash payments too, its feasible for a rogue agent to disappear with your deposit. Make sure you get a receipt for every payment made.

11) Building repairs, renovation and construction noise ?.
Has the building got repairs or renovation planned ? Any nearby construction sites ? You could be in for a few months of early morning drilling and construction noise if so. Will the landlord reduce the rent for those months ?

10) Building repairs, renovation and construction noise ?.
Has the building got repairs or renovation planned ? Any nearby construction sites ? You could be in for a few months of early morning drilling and construction noise if so. Will the landlord reduce the rent for those months ?

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