I'm about to sign a lease contract for the first time in HK and need some advice.
My company had agreed to pay a higher amount than my actual lease and in my contract I get to keep the difference (and have to pay tax on it) but I want to check a couple of things.
1) Should I sign the lease or my company? Is there any benefit in them signing? As far as I know I can still claim the housing allowance even if I sign it.
2) What can I claim as part of the housing allowance? Can it include leasing agent's fees, cleaners, phone internet and pay TV? What about furniture?
3) What should I look out for or try and negotiate in the contract? Its a buyers market at the moment so I think we have the upper hand.
4) Is there a minimum amount I need to deposit to hold the place while I sort out the contract etc with my company (if necessary)
Any advice people have please let me know ASAP as I'm in the middle of final negotiations with the expected pressure from leasing agent to sign something.