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Q: Subleasing a Chinese apartment?

I won't be around for the last few months of my apartment lease, and I'd like to sublease it, but I don't really know how to go about this in China, due to the police station registration issue, and a subleaser's name not being on the contract. Has anyone ever subleased to another foreigner here? I have a foreign roommate who will remain there if that changes anything.

 

Do I talk to the agent or the landlord first?

Is there another agent fee involved?

Is it even legal technically? 

 

Any insights are much appreciated

 

6 years 1 week ago in  Housing - Beijing

 
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The "standard" rental contracts do not allow subletting. I am not sure if it is legal or not, but I know that most people think it is a bad idea as it gives an extra layer or people being able to speculate in the property market.

You need to talk to the landlord. As such there should be no need to involve the agent, they will only score some more of the fee. If you can agree with the landlord of making a new contract for whoever will live there while you don't then that should work. Possibly, when you get back you would need to have a new contract yourself. 

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