Features
Hot Topics
HOME > LIVING > Accommodations > Renting an Apartment
Renting an Apartment

The normal process of renting an apartment:

• Both parties sign a lease contract;
• The lessor checks the lessee's ID card (can also confirm ID card with the public security department) and asks for a duplicate of the lessee's ID card as a contract attachment;
• The lessee checks the Certificate of Property Rights of the apartment owner (can also confirm it with the local real estate office) and the lessor's ID card (can also confirm ID card with the public security department); the lessee also confirms the consistency of the two certificates (The property owner listed on the Certificate of Property Rights should be the same person as the owner of the ID card.) and also asks for a duplicate of the lessor's ID card as a contract attachment;
• The person (lessor) who signs the lease contract is the same person as the property owner listed on the Certificate of Property Rights. If they are not the same person, the proxy of the property owner shall be stated in writing;
• In the case of co-renting an apartment, the agreed lease certificate of the lessor is needed;
• If the apartment owner asks for a deposit, the lessee also needs to check the above certificates to see if one is required and if so, for how much. The deposit is normally not more than 20% of the rent for one month.

Notes on leasing:

• Don't believe a lessor who cannot provide a Certificate of Property Rights (original copy);
• Don't believe a lessor whose ID number on  the Certificate of Property Rights differs from that of the ID card;
• Confirm the ID number at a local public security bureau;
• Ask the residents'  committee (or neighbors) about the lessor and check whether the lessor is the same person as the apartment owner;
• Be careful if the lessor asks you to pay the rent of the whole year or a large amount for deposit;