Shanghai Leasing Process
can help us!
The key to Shanghaifinder helping you is for us to
learn exactly what you want. A modern high-floor apartment
with a great view or a 4 bedroom villa and a garden
set out in the suburbs? If you're not sure, we advise
you to contact us so we can direct you to where to
get the best information on Shanghai's areas, rental
rates and propery types. If you do already know what
you want, please contact us with your budget, preferred
property size and preferred location. We shall send
you back a list of selected Properties for you to
visit upon your arrival in Shanghai. We'll be reworking
this list as new properties emerge or as feedback
is received from you.
Propery Search - Shanghai
Once you are in Shanghai, your customized list of
propetries will be our guide to finding you your
new home. Our tours are designed to take as much,
or as little time as you need. After every tour
you are able to select those that you wish to revisit.
After subsequent visits and the selection of a final
property, you or your HR staff will communicate
your basic leasing terms to us. These terms will
be submitted by us as an offer letter which will
be accepted, reworked or rejected by the property
owner. When the offer letter terms are finalized
and agreed upon by both parties, we then work the
terms into a draft contract which is presented to
all terms and conditions of contract are agreed upon,
both parties sign three contracts, one which is submitted
to the municipal government. On the day of moving
in, a hand-over inspection of the premises is done.
Any follow-up needed will take place at a time suitable
Generally, the longer the term, the lower the price.
For larger properties bringing your own furniture
can also lower the rental price somewhat, however
if units are only available pre-furnished, this can
Nearly all properties charge management fees of around
5% per month. These are meant to be used for upkeep
of the public areas, the facilities and security.
addition to management fees there are utilities fees
such as telephone, water, gas and electricity. Sometimes
a utility allowance can be included in the lease.
Depending on the compound there may also be car parking
A security deposit of the equivalent of one to two
months rent is paid by the tenant to ensure that the
full term of the lease is carried out and any damages
are compensated. The security deposit is fully refundable
at the termination of the lease as long as there are
no outstanding issues. You will also need to pay the
first month's rent in advance. These should be paid
into a specified bank account in RMB or US Dollars
in Mainland China. The landlord will provide you with
an official tax receipt.
Short Term leases are available in some serviced apartments,
however generally not in villas or privately owned
apartments. For short term leases, shanghaifinder.com
is only able to assists with short term leases of
over $3000USD / month and / or 6 months or longer.