Finding a home to rent in Shenzhen is probably one of the first things not only a Chinese but also a foreigner need to take care of upon arrival. Luckily, there are many types of accommodation you can rent in Shenzhen. This article offers advice on the apartment search, the rental agreement, and much more.10 things you should know before renting the apartment in Shenzhen.

House & apartment & condo & shared 

A house is a building that functions as a home,For example, Commercial housing An apartment (American English), flat (British English) or unit (Australian English) is a self-contained housing unit (a type of residential real estate) that not allowed to use natural gas for a cook. (but the house can do it).

A condo is a private residence owned by an individual in a building, the condo is very similar to the apartment, but the apartment building is owned by one landlord. Share houses are known as rental places with spaces separate from a private room where the residents can gather together to “share” and “exchange” in a new and exciting way of living which likes Ziroom.

Real estate agent & Private Rental Consultant

A real estate broker or a real estate agent is a person who represents sellers or buyers of real estate or real property having entity stores. Private Rental Consultant has no entity store but helping many different landlords to rent, Most importantly, they don’t need to wear a formal shirt.

About Commission

Most real estate agents make money through commissions usually half a month. Most Private Rental Consultant is free to service because the landlord agrees to pay.


Designating a room in a house or building where mechanical equipment is installed; such as a furnace, water tank/heater, circuit breaker, and/or air conditioning unit, water, trash,electricity, Gas, Internet,Cable,Heat. 


Having a pet is one of the best things about renting an apartment and becoming an adult. However, not every landlord is keen on our furriest family members. In fact, one of the major reasons why some renters end up having a hard time dealing with apartment hunting boils down to three words: no pets allowed. But pets are allowed in most apartments of Shenzhen.

Clarification on Foreigner Registration

These are the key facts you need to know:

It is a legal requirement for all foreigners visiting or living in China to register with their local police station within 24 hours of arrival. If you are staying at a hotel this will be done for you (which is why you need to provide your passport at check-in). All foreigners must carry their passports and registration document with them at all times.

Furnished vs. unfurnished

It’s extremely common for Shenzhen apartments to come furnished, both in long and short term rentals. This means that when you’re picking an apartment you not only have to like the space and the neighbourhood, but you often have to agree with the decoration. That being said, bargaining is fairly common in the Shenzhen rental market. If you’re lucky, you may be able to convince the owner to remove the furniture and get a lower monthly payment in the bargain.

Tenant laws and rights

Overall, Chinese tenant law heavily favours the landlord. There are no laws around rental discrimination, price-fixing or deposit amounts, and most contracts will call for friendly dispute management instead of legal action. While the laws are complex, there’s an important one for foreign renters to remember: make sure your new apartment is registered as a rental property.

Documents or requirements

Renting an apartment shouldn’t require you to sign more than a standard rental contract. There are, however, some additional steps and documents you should have prepared. For example, you’re likely to be required to show your landlord proof of your Chinese visa.

Terms of payment

Sometimes you’ll be able to pay your rent online or via a direct bank transfer from your account at home, however, more commonly you’ll need to either make a payment from a local Chinese bank account or pay entirely in cash.

As such, it’s a good idea to keep a local bank funded with enough to cover rent, bills, and deposits. If you’re transferring money from your international bank account, it’s a good idea to use a service like TransferWise to get the real exchange rate and cut down on hefty international transfer fees.


Shenzhen Blog Editor