Serviced accommodation is a popular rental option in Hong Kong, and a large number of new Serviced Apartment buildings have been built within the last five years to accommodate the markets demands. They offer attractive month to month contracts, fully equipped and nicely furnished apartments and some offer free gym membership. This ready to go apartment is a popular option for many people - booking is highly recommended.
Today it is much more common for international companies to offer employees short term assignments overseas these employees are ideal candidates for a short term accommodation, even long term residents are opting to stay in short term accommodation if they are unsure of how long they plan to live in Hong Kong. The other option is to stay at a hotel, which can tend to be more expensive in the long run.
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Here is a list of frequently asked questions.
- What is the minimum term for staying in a serviced apartment?
The majority of the serviced apartments require a minimum stay of 1 month due to license requirement. It becomes more flexible when extending the stay, which can be by day, by week or by month. However, some serviced apartments may have an extra charge for extension less than 1 month; hence it is important to check with the serviced apartment before confirming any extension.
- What is included in the rates?
In general, the rates include management fee, Government rates, utility charge, local calls, internet service, and housekeeping and linen change service. However, some serviced apartments exclude electricity charge, internet service from the rates.
- Are the rates negotiable?
Not for short stay but some discount may be offered by the serviced apartment for a longer term.
- Is a security deposit required?
Yes, guests have to pay a refundable deposit equivalent to 1-2 months rental depending on the length of stay. Some serviced apartments request for more deposit if it is a personal lease. The security deposit and advance rental payment are required to be settled before check in.
- What options for the payment?
Cash (Hong Kong Dollars), check, credit card, bank transfer are mostly accepted by serviced apartments but it is advisable to check with the landlord &/or management before making the booking. Surcharge may apply on credit card payments.
- Is early termination accepted by the serviced apartments?
No early termination is accepted once the leasing agreement is signed. Prior arrangement should be made with the serviced apartment before confirming the booking if early termination option is required (usually for long stay).
- Do Serviced Apartments have facilities?
The most common facilities provided by the serviced apartments are gym, reading room, business centre and self-service laundry facility. However, a lot of the serviced apartments in Hong Kong are single block building and there is no facility at all. Some serviced apartments may offer complimentary or discounted membership at a local gym for their guests.
- Are pets allowed in the serviced apartment?
There are only a few serviced apartments in Hong Kong which allow pets and there is an extra monthly charge for the pet.