I am moving to Hong Kong temporarily for 5 months starting from the beginning of January. I just found a place through the classfied ad section here and am about to sign a contract. The place is advertised by the owner. I am about to sign a contract without seeing the place or the owner. Is there anything I need to be careful about? The owner gave me a hand-written contract that specifies the names and HK id numbers of her (or her husband) and myself, the address of the place, the duration of the contract, and the monthly rent, and that the deposit will be returned to me after I return the apartment intact. Is there anything else I need written into the contract? I remember having to pay stamp duty for my rental contract when I lived in Hong Kong before. I think the contract got certified by the government. Do I need the owner to do the same or is it not necessary?
Thank you so much for your help!