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Q: Do tenants in China have any rights?

Last month, my friend was given one month notice to vacate her flat because the landlord's son wanted to move in with his new wife. The contract still had four months on it but despite making a huge fuss and not wanting to leave before her contract ended, she was forced out nonetheless. This would never happen in the States or Europe without some proper compensation or warning. Do tenants have any rights here at all, or does the landlord always have the final say?

8 years 21 weeks ago in  Housing - China

 
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any regulations regarding compensation on contract?

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8 years 21 weeks ago
 
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When did your friend leave? One month after the notice?

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8 years 21 weeks ago
 
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you must know in china there a lot of law about rental houses. but most of landlord dont care it at all. they can drive you out in anytime even you have a contract. if you want sue him , their will cut your house power and water. and the authority departments and polices and government wouldn't like waste their time on these "little things". so what you can do? only hope to find a kind landlord in next time.

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8 years 21 weeks ago
 
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You have the right to pay the rent and you have the right to be abused at will.

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8 years 21 weeks ago
 
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Well, they gave the one month notice, so ur friend will have enough time to find a new place, much better than some asshole asks u to leave the next day!

And it's true the landlord is always more powerful as there r a lot people waiting on the list who wants to move in right after u leave. So tenants don't have any right!

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tenants have no right at all unless u find a kind one and your Chinese is very fluent so he/she can consider you as a good friend and understand you, I have a friend who was renting g a house in Beijing and paid the landlord more than 50.000RMB for the whole year because he did not want the landlord to bother him throughout the year, but when he was about to leave the house, he was not given any respect or consideration despite all these, and his house power was cut just before the end of the contract and he was forced to leave the apartment. he is now here in Nanjing with me enjoying a great kind landlord, and paying his apartment of three rooms, three bathrooms, one big sitting room and a terrace plus a nice kitchen for 3.000RMB/month. so its all about luck and not rights or contracts or what nonsense, but if you really know how to deal with Chinese people then you will come out winning the case by standing by your rights and the law will prove you right

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7 years 13 weeks ago
 
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  It would only be right to have rights but are there any left in the PRC? What's right is certainly what's left when so much else has gone wrong, so one can only hope that there are some left, right?

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I've been here for 7 years and have never paid a full years rent in advance. Even when I was working at schools I wouldn't allow anyone to do that. Pay the money up front and you may as well kiss it all goodbye.

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I don't have such experience,neither have any of my firiends.But from my tens of years' experience living in this country,most things here are FLEXIBLE.

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Yeah, we have the right to pack it in and go home and lose our deposit!

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7 years 12 weeks ago
 
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There actually is a list of tenant rights which I saw posted on the wall at the police station in Wudaokou, and it was 4 pages long.  I would love to get a copy of that.

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7 years 11 weeks ago

Never trust any Chinese to tell you anything that is 100% true! Chinese employers will tell you anything to to get you to agree with what they want and need. They are masters at manipulation and exploitation.

 
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