6 steps: this is how you get an apartment in Shanghai

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by Maggie
10. September 2015

STEP 1: Decision making on details

How many budget you have, which district or specific area you prefer to live. Gathering information through Internet.

STEP 2: Find an agency and the apartments you like

Each agency will publicize apartments they are consigned to rent, you can pick up some among the total.

STEP 3: Check the apartment at the scene

Accompanied the agent, you can visit the landlord and the apartment. Looking around as careful as you can and ask as much question as you want.

STEP 4: Hire an agency

If you find your preferred apartments and the agency which you can trust and rely on, you may hire the agency to rent the apartment from its owner. Those agencies will need you to sign a contract with them to restrict you contact directly to landlords.

STEP 5: Bargain and sign contract with landlord through your agency

The leasing contract has its officially recommended version, you can adding some extra clauses after negotiating with your landlord. The agent should check the ownership of the apartment and authenticate the identity of the landlord.

STEP 6: Pay deposit and get the key

Normally, you should pay the rent for the first month plus two months of rent as deposit before you move to your new home. Some landlords may ask for one year’s rent, but don’t agree to pay such a high amount. Also, when a leasing contract expires, expect a meeting with the landlord to go over the condition of the apartment and to make final utility payments.

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