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7. Renewal & Termination

7.1 Renewal & Termination of Tenancy Agreement Procedures
7.2 Renewal of Tenancy
7.3 Early Termination of Tenancy
7.4 Termination Notice
7.5 Yielding up of the Premises

7.1 Renewal & Termination of Tenancy Agreement Procedures

It is very important to be aware of the Government Ordinances and common procedures of renewal or termination of Tenancy Agreements so as to avoid any problems or misunderstandings at the end of your current Tenancy Agreement. The following information should act as a guide. If you require more detailed information please contact Housing Services.

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7.2 Renewal of Tenancy

Discussion on the terms and conditions for a lease renewal should commence no later than two to three months prior to the end of your lease. A reminder with the Cathay pre-approved monthly rent for the renewal will be sent to you by Savills housing officer. This is the market rent established by examining relevant comparables of the premises. You should use your best endeavour to negotiate with your landlord to achieve the stipulated rent. Should negotiation on the lease renewal fails then you might have to look for an alternate residence.

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Termination of Tenancy

7.3 Early Termination of Tenancy

The period of tenancy in Hong Kong is normally two years, during which the rent is fixed. Should an early termination of the tenancy, or change of tenant be required, the Landlordís agreement must be obtained.

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7.4 Termination Notice

Notice of termination should be made in writing with reference to the related tenancy agreement. It is necessary to allow 7 working days for postal delivery in order that the notice reaches the landlord on time.

A written acknowledgement by the landlord that the property has been returned in an acceptable condition avoids disputes over defects, which may subsequently be found.

In order to get the refund of Rental Deposit, it is essential for you to settle the final bills for utilities and rates and produce evidence of payment if required.

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7.5 Yielding up of the Premises

All tenancy agreements state that when the tenant moves out of a property, it should be in the same condition as it was at the commencement of the tenancy. Fair wear and tear is excepted.

At the end of the tenancy, all costs associated with any additional reinstatement work, which is necessary as a result of alterations, which were made or caused by you during your occupancy, will have to be rectified prior to the handing over of the premises back to the landlord. Examples of such defects are:

  • Removal of picture hooks and filling in holes on walls
  • Removal of curtain rails so installed by you
  • Any additional wiring installed or sockets moved for internet, cable or satellite TV wiring
  • The re-painting of walls of the premises back to the original colour
  • The erection or removal of partitions or walls
  • The removal of carpets
  • The removal of external structures, e.g. awnings
  • Stains, burns or marks on carpet(s) which cannot be removed by professional cleaning
  • Stains or marks on wallpaper/paintwork which cannot be removed by professional cleaning
  • Pins, hooks or the like onto wall tiles
  • Malfunction of appliances due to neglect
  • Damage caused by pets
  • The removal of additional fitted wardrobes

All your own furniture and personal belongings will need to be removed from the property prior to the property being handed back to the landlord. If any such defects or any other damage you have made to the property are not rectified by the time of lease handover, you will be entirely responsible for reimbursement of reinstatement costs to the landlord. You may also be liable to payment of rent to your landlord until vacant possession of the property is delivered up.

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