Hk Basic Expenses

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  1. #1

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    Red face Hk Basic Expenses

    Hi! I am a single female, early 30s. I am currently considering a job offer in HK. I am planning to rent a unit at TSO area, 2 rooms to myself which will cost me around HKD7.5k according to gohome.com.

    I need to make sure on the following (based on one-person occupancy):
    1. What is the basic power cost? payable monthly?
    2. What is the basic water cost?
    3. What is the basic gas cost?
    4. What is the basic fixed line phone cost?
    5. What is the basic broadband cost?
    6. If we eat out Mon-Fri, is HKD80/day enough to cover for 3 meals? just normal food.
    7. Income tax deductible monthly?
    8. Income tax is charged on the amount nett of the 5% MPF?
    9. Rental posted on gohome.com negotiable?

    I know most of you answered the questions above before, but I am not sure whether the rates were advised before were based on per family or for single people like me.
    Thanks!~

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    Wow... Thanks a lot, you really Know A Lot!!
    But, electricity per month HKD1,500 is SO HIGH!! Is it REAL??


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    Count on about a minimum of $1-$1.50 per square foot during summer if you use the aircon. Our bill averages at about $1.75-2 during summer .....

    Less during winters.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PEN150:
    Wow... Thanks a lot, you really Know A Lot!!
    But, electricity per month HKD1,500 is SO HIGH!! Is it REAL??
    Our electricity has been about couple of hundreds of dollars even at the peak of summer.

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    But we only use the aircon for a couple of hrs at night in the living room and then our bedroom is on all night. The temp is set at 25C
    Also, I clean the filters regularly


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    Aircon is the killer for electricity. When we only use fans our electric bill drops to HK$200-300 per month. When we use aircon (~5 hrs/day) the bill rockets to HK$900-1200/mo....don't think I could survive in HK in the summer without it though...

    Last edited by nina_70; 25-10-2006 at 05:13 PM.

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    really? I turn on aircon every night (at least 8 hours) but not in living room, my bill runs HKD 120-210 each month


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    You must have a small room coolgirl


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    or is aircon power connected to the neighbour's meter?


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