Air-conditioning is essential in Hong Kong. For this reason, almost all buildings are equipped with central or individual air-conditioning systems. Most luxury developments or modern buildings usually come with club house facilities such as a swimming pool, gym, sauna/steam room, children’s play area or playground, billiards, squash courts/ badminton courts and/or shuttle buses.

2. Townhouses
Townhouses are generally built in private housing developments with ten or more houses in a row. Each house usually consists of three or more levels with a private garden or terrace and/or a roof top. Some developments offer communal facilities such as a swimming pool, tennis court and outdoor children’s playground.

3. Houses
Houses in Hong Kong are rare and therefore very expensive to lease unless you are prepared to live in outlying areas in the New Territories or Lantau Island. The houses on Hong Kong Island are usually quite prestigious and frequently provide commanding green or sea views. They are situated in exclusive residential areas on the South Side of the Island and the Peak.

4. Serviced Apartments
Hong Kong offers a wide selection of fully furnished serviced apartments. From the palatial and spacious suites to studio sized units which are not much bigger than a double sized bed; serviced apartments in Hong Kong are both varied and plentiful. Less expensive than staying at hotels they provide the comforts and conveniences of a home along with the services one expects from staying at a hotel such as laundry, linen and maid service. Lease terms are usually for a minimum of one month and a deposit equal to one month’s rent is required.


The standard and quality of finishes in many properties varies tremendously. Improvements at the Landlord’s expense such as refurbishments or provision of furnishings are points for negotiation and must be raised at the time of the lease negotiation. Prior to signing a lease, ensure that the property you intend to rent is well managed and has in place a professional property manager.

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