Relocation to Kowloon

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2011

    Relocation to Kowloon

    My partner an I have both taken jobs near Kowloon, but the search for somewhere to live is bewildering.

    We have a budget of 10,000 HKD a month for a one or two bed with at least 500 square meters.

    What is the best way to rent property in HK ? Google searches appear to show more furnished apartments, but we might prefer an unfurnished property .

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    most of the apartments I saw were unfurnished when I was looking around. is a good place to start if you haven't already found it.

    Also 500 square metres might be tough to find for $10k, you might have to go to New Territories for that.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Mar 2011

    I know a few people who recently arrived and all found apartments in Kowloon for 10k or less (Yau ma Tei, Ho Man Tin, Mong Kok East). The best thing to do is to get to Hong Kong and go to the area you are interested in and ask an estate agent to show you around. Online searching is pretty difficult as their are v. few cheap apartments that have useful photos or floor plans.

    Remember the price is always negotiable so even if they show you one for 11-12k, you might be able to negotiate down to 10k.

    A few areas in Kowloon are alot more expensive such as Kowloon Tong, TST and a few others but you can still try.

    Majority of apartments will be unfurnished and you will pay more for higher floors, security, lifts etc. I would say apartments have 2 configurations at the size you are looking for. small kitchen and bathroom, decent sized living room and 2 small bedrooms OR 1 decent sized bedroom when the dividing wall is broken down.

    Note that the agent's fee is normally 50% of the rent and the usual deposit is 2 months rent.

    P.S. I presume you mean 500 square feet, not meters!