Need some advice. In two months, I'll be out of a job. Believe me, I'm incredibly thankful to have received advance notice and I am certainly looking for other employment, but ... I need to be prepared in case I don't find a replacement and I need to leave HK.
Here is my dilemma. I'm in month 7 of a two year lease (w/ 14 month break clause). Landlord has standard 2 months of deposit. Do I:
1) Keep quiet until last day, have fire sale to sell all furniture and appliances (almost new!), and then exit HK, leaving landlord with two future months of rent but no warning.
2) Be up front with landlord now and try to work out a deal where he and I look for another renter, and if one is found, work out an agreement whereby I receive my deposit back (or he uses part of deposit to make up likely lower rent payment from new tenant). Risk here is landlord finds new tenant and doesn't tell me, keeping my deposit. Also, I still need to have fire sale to sell all furniture and appliances (almost new!) to recoup some $.
3) Hire agent to look for tenant / show apartment, offering to leave all my furnishings (rent apt furnished) if necessary to secure same amount of rent I pay now to landlord. Once new tenant is secured I admit situation to landlord and deliver new tenant (and my furnishings) as package deal and ask for my two month's deposit back (but need to pay 1/2 month's rent for agent). Nice thing here is I don't need to sell my stuff to recoup $.
4) Other option(s) I haven't considered???
I'm assuming rents are lower now than they were when I moved in (September / Quarry Bay). What is fair and proper? I'm leaning towards 3. What would YOU do??