I've been on a few websites where home owners post their apartments for rent and I am wondering whether or not there is any disadvantage to not using an agent? Will I be missing out on anything other than the convenience of having an agent do the leg work for me if it is that I choose to contact landlords directly? What is the role of the agent?
For example, I live in China now and the agents take care of the apartment after rental has been agreed upon. If my cable is gone or if I need to send a message to my landlord, I call the agent. How does it work in HK?