Since this is my first ever forum posting--I'm rather fascinated by the quick and numerous replies! If I may just respond to a few: "mumto2"--thank you so much for your caring responses. "Tibi"--thank you too, which tower are you in?! I am in the "Royal Tower". "JGL"--the laws on recording conversations without consent vary by state in the US--but I have no idea what the laws are in HK--but "Skyhook" is correct--there are lots of agents out there so find the one you feel you can be most honest with. And, lastly, to "Chino", first--I very much appreciate the link to the "law" in HK--I was about to start researching online. And, as for the RE agent lying to me--my fiance's HR person told him yesterday that the lease between the LL and his company could not be broken for 2 yrs (the length of his initial contract) not the 12+2 that the RE told us the lease said. As I said, I am a former tenants atty, so I am embarrassed that I didn't even read the lease (this was one where the company, not I, acted as the Lessee). As to your final post about ranting rather than acting legally, I have this response: First, I was told my the LL's agents that there was a "right to quiet enjoyment" of one's rental home. In the U.S., that means free from excessive noise amongst other factors. I was told yesterday that that same clause in HK means only free from unsolicited entry into your apartment. Today I was about to start researching the veracity of that statement to gather fodder for any potential legal action and to that end I agree-one should investigate the laws to the best of their abilities. But, to your point of ranting--that was not my intent--I posted this on the "moving to HK" forum as a warning--so that other people need not needlessly suffer as I have for so many months--ESPECIALLY people who have children who need to nap or people, like me, who work from home. (Not to be a law snob, but this is not slander--and defamation is not actionable when it is true) At the risk of alienating or offending other people on this forum, it's funny you mention HSBC. While there are many wonderful people working there and I understand their retail banking is quite well thought-of in HK--there is a reason people have spoken ill of it. For the last 5 years I have practiced and taught consumer law--specializing in predatory lending/mortgage fraud--and HSBC and its affiliates were, by far, the defendant we were in litigation with the most (in 2003, the attorneys general in all states in the US sued them and HSCBC was forced to pay about $350,000,000 USD as compensation for their fraudulent lending practices.) This is a clearly a topic for another forum--but, just as people would perhaps like to warn others of finance companies and banks with mortgage lending operations where there is a pattern and practice of deceit & fraud, so I would like to warn others as well of a pattern and practice of deceit as well. Five years ago, nobody really understood what I did for a living--in the midst of one of the largest credit crises originating from the subprime crisis in the U.S. that you probably read about every day--finally people are listening and understanding systemic fraud in lending was happening---even at the biggest & loftiest banks in the world. So, perhaps you should not be reading forums such as this if you don't want to be educated about real problems people face. It's the real world--and, for all the clients I couldn't help as they were being foreclosed upon--maybe a forum to complain and warn others about HSBC was their only access to "justice". The irony: Sung Hung Kai is a publicly traded company--their biggest (40%) stockholder? HSBC.