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5. Move In

5.1 Hand Over of Accommodation
5.2 Arranagement of Utilities
5.3 Telephone Services and International Direct Dialing facility (IDD)
5.4 Security Check
5.5 House Rules (Pets)
5.6 Insurance

5.1 Hand Over of Accommodation

Keys are sometimes handed over to the Tenant after the lease has been signed a few days before commencement of the tenancy. It is not advisable for the Tenant to request access to the premises to carry out work or deliver furniture before the tenancy agreement is signed and the agreed commencement date. At the time of the handover should there be defects to the premises found they should be reported to the Landlord in writing immediately or as soon as practically possible.

It is also important to note down any inherent defects or special conditions for future references.

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5.2 Arrangement of Utilities

Request for connection of utilities (water electricity gas) is your responsibility as Tenant. Savills leasing agent and the panel agents will assist you with the application.

Application forms can be obtained directly from the relevant Services Company. As the supply of services may take 7-10 days to complete, you are advised to apply at the earliest possible date. Relevant information on the location and contact details for the utility companies can be found in ‘Useful Telephone Numbers” section.

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5.3 Telephone Services and International Direct Dialing facility (IDD)

Application for telephone services can be made by dialing 1000. It takes up to 2 weeks to install a line and an ‘installation charge’ of approximately HK$475 – is payable. Application for IDD facility is free of charge.

More information can be found in 2(d) of the 'Useful Telephone Numbers' section.

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5.4 Security Check

For your own safety and the security of your belongings in your accommodation it is recommended that you change your door locks.

It is advisable to be present when the locksmith is changing the locks and ask for all sets of keys.

It is not a requirement in Hong Kong for you to give a set of spare keys to your landlord. It is entirely at your discretion.

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5.5 House Rules (Pets)

In some instances (especially in apartments of multi-storey buildings), there may be terms in the House Rules restricting the keeping dogs and cats. You should check the House Rules, if any, to clarify this issue before signing of the tenancy.

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5.6 Insurance

Although the fabric of the building will normally be insured by the Landlord, the occupier is advised to take out cover for public liability and any other risks assumed under the lease in addition to normal householder insurance.

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