How do I Find a flat

Finding a flat in Hong Kong is done through property agents.  Agents do not have access to ALL listings, so it is some times advisable to contact multiple agents to have a good range of options available to you. 

Here are a few pointers for your apartment search:

  • Set your price expectation and stick to it.  Many agents will start to show you apartments below your price range, you should insist on staying within your budget.
  • Use one of the agents we’ve identified below as they’ve been used before by other staff who have had positive experiences.
  • Ask if the management fee is included in the monthly rental fee, it should be.
  • Usually there is room for a little negotiation on the rental price, but generally not a lot.
  • The property agent should be able to help you to set up your utilities – gas, water, electric.
  • Leases are generally for 24 months with an opt out after 14 months giving a two month notice period.
  • There is generally a two month deposit requirement plus 1/2 a month commission to the rental agent.
  • Your signed lease can be submitted to HR in order to receive a tax credit.

In Hong Kong you are usually required to give two month’s deposit and one month’s rent at the signing of the rental agreement. 

Below is a list of property agents in Discovery Bay.  You can find other agents online at: blog.esf.edu.hk/where-to-live/property-agents/

Property agents Telephone Website
Headland Homes 2987 2088 headlandhomes.hk
Centaline Property Agency 2987 8484 statelyhome.com.hk/en/
Century 21 Newcourt Realty 2987 9729 century21-hk.com/eng/
Land Master Property 2987 6238 landmasterdb.com/
Midland Realty 2987 2888 midland.com.hk
Kingsland Properties 2987 2987 29872987.com
APP Mobility – Relocation Agents, Jacqueline Tilberis 2281 7800 appmobility.com

A couple of other websites where you can search for apartments online are:

www.spacious.hk/en/hong-kong
hongkongpropertyman.com
squarefoot.com.hk
Please note, often listings are out of date, but you can get a general idea of what is in the market.

ESF has a nice blog that provides a lot of great information about moving to Hong Kong:
blog.esf.edu.hk


Flats for rent

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