I have a warehouse rented in my name in Shenzhen, and yesterday(Monday) I asked my employee at the warehouse to notify the landlord that we will be terminating the contract due to the fact that I am winding down the business for which the warehouse was used.
As the landlord does not speak any English, I have to do all interaction with him trough my employee who speaks some English.
I was notified by my employee last night(Monday) that the landlord will not pay the deposit back, and today(Tuesday) around 4pm I am notified that the landlord has changed the locks and is intent on keeping the contents inside the warehouse.
The rental agreement has a 1 month notice period.
I have not visited the premises myself for a while, and I cannot easily visit it either as it would be a fairly long trip for me. I do think though my employee is telling the truth, so the above is what in fact has happened.
The warehouse contents value, including the forfeited deposit, would be about 150,000HKD.
Is there any recourse for me here?
I am prepared to write off the above, but if there were anything like the hk small claims tribunal in SZ that would be an option.