Private Rental Properties
It is advisable to find private rental housing in the vicinity of the University or in districts close to public transportation routes such as MTR stations or bus stops. Examples of such districts are Kowloon City, Lok Fu and Shatin.
Private rental housing can be hired directly from a landlord or through a property agent. The introductory commissions could be saved if a student rents the flat directly from the landlord. However, a half-month rental is commonly required when renting through a property agent as a commission.
Students are advised to read carefully the terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement before signing. In general, a fixed period of leasing, normally one year, is required. The flow chart shown below can facilitate students' understanding of the standard rental procedures in Hong Kong.:
If you are going to rent a flat/room through property agency, you should read the following for a better understanding about:
- Guidelines on Renting a Private Rental Housing
- House Visit and Checking
- Notes on Signing Tenancy Agreement
- Sample of Tenancy
As long as the Landlord and Tenant (Consolidation) Ordinance is not contravened, both parties of landlord and tenant are generally free to agree on the terms of the tenancy. Besides the rights and obligations listed on the agreement, there are some implied terms that landlord and tenant must comply with. For more details, please refer to the Contents of Tenancy Agreement and Appendix Common Provisions published by Estate Agents Authority.
- Information about creating a tenancy (Source: Estate Agents Authority)
- A guide to tenancy (Source: Estate Agents Authority)
- Notes on signing tenancy agreement (Source: Published jointly by the Estate Agents Authority and the Consumer Council)
- FAQs about appointing an estate agent (Source: Estate Agents Authority)
- Information about landlord and tenant (Source: Community Legal Information Centre which is established by the Law & Technology Centre and jointly run by the Faculty of Law and the Department of Computer Science of the University of Hong Kong)
The private rental properties and property agents mentioned in this website are for information only. The University has no relationship with these agents and would not take any responsibility about the content of these websites.
The information and contents contained in this website are based on the analyses and interpretations publicly available information obtained from the HKSAR Government website and related parties which sources believed to be reliable. The University makes no guarantees to their accuracy, completeness, timeliness or correctness. The private rental properties information on this website should be used as references only with your own discretion. Any trades executed following the information on this website are taken at your own risk for your own account.