Please advice. We are tenants and have been renting a nice flat in Jardine's Lookout since 4 years back. Our last Tenancy agreement started from 1/7/2017 and ended on 30/6/2019, so today ( 3rd of September 2019) we don't actually have any formal contract. We have heard that when a Tenancy agreement has expired both the tenant and the landlord has one month after a notice has been given (according to general law in HK).
Since a couple of weeks back we have been in contact with the landlord to point out that the contract has run out. We would love to stay in the flat but the landlord wants to raise the rent. Also we need to lower our rental cost substantially, meaning we have realised we have to downsize (move). Last week we found a much cheaper (smaller but nice) place to where we want to move. So today we signed a new Tenancy agreement (for the new cheaper/smaller flat) and we agreed to move in and start paying the rent in one month (beginning of September). So far so good. Then we turned to our present landlord to give notice (that we will move out within a month and just paying for this month/August). However the landlord replied "you are on a monthly family and one calendar month's notice is required". What exactly does she mean by that? With 'calendar month' can she claim us to pay rent for both August and September (which means we would have to pay rent for 2 flats in September (both the present flat and the new one))? Is that really according to 'general HK law' if the Tenancy agreement has expired?
Please - if anyone could advise in this I would be so greatful.