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Electricity @ $17KWH

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  1. #21

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    The rate should be near 1.3 / KWh for HK Island, and 1.1 / KWh in Kowloon. As pointed out above, while it is illegal it is very common for sub-divided flats. You can complain and then the utility will cut the power so all three units have no electricity. Many have complained that sub-divided tenants will not benefit from the new electricity subsidy from the government, the meter owner will get the benefit.


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    That's why I think you are off by a decimal- 1.7- still overcharging but not by that much- 17 is just silly, I do really think a typo- I have seen worse typos in contracts I reviewed. You have nothing to lose by going the friendly "hey I found a typo" route...even if the agent says it's not- if you have the landlord contact info it's worth a try.

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    Update: Good heavens. Miscommunication. Agent confirmed the next day that what she wrote was $1.7, not $17. Relieved! Thanks much!


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    Good news: Just miscommunication. Agent confirmed the next day that what she wrote was $1.7, not $17. Relieved! Thanks much!


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    You're still being scammed, and both subdividing apartments and reselling electricity are illegal. I'd be wary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    You're still being scammed, and both subdividing apartments and reselling electricity are illegal. I'd be wary.
    There are legal subdivided apartments as well, no?

  7. #27

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    I appreciate this. My professor also warned me about this scamming which because of the absence of regulation has been condoned and appear to be legal.


  8. #28

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    It appears that subdivided apartments are not illegal. In fact there's no law against them much more their excessive utility charges.


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