I initially came to Shenzhen for a day to view some apartments, after viewing I put a deposit down on a property I liked with the agreement i would move in, in 2 days time and we also agreed we would start the lease from that date.
On arriving and bringing all my belonging I sat down to sign the lease with the realtor and home owner who couldn’t speak English. At this point the realtor told me the rent had increased due to me being a foreigner and the rent was back dated to the day i gave my deposit. This was my first day of living in Shenzhen, I had all my belongings in the lobby and a full schedule for the week ahead leaving me no time to search for other properties. Not happy about the situation and being told the home owner would not except anything less, I signed the agreement.
After completing the 1 year term as agreed in the contract and after a successful inspection from the homeowner, the homeowner paid the deposit back in full to the Dubaiker realtor. Up until this point the agency had acted as the go between, between myself and the owner.
But after receiving the deposit the realtor has gone in hiding, not returned any of the deposit and is ignoring all message from myself, the home owner and the police.
Due to the circumstances my friend (who I met after signing the initial lease) became friendly with the homeowner who is doing everything she can to help. We discussed the rental increase at the start of the agreement which she was shocked by, the home owner had no knowledge of this and showed us her the copy of the agreement.
What had happen was - the realtor had forged the amount and each month she had pocketed the extra amount she had added.
The home owner also confirmed the rent wasn’t back dated and this additional payment was also pocketed by the realtor.
The realtor (Gloria You) made away with several thousand, I would advise to stay clear of this agency. They are targeting foreigners, please be vigilant.
The relaters name is : Gloria You and her Chinese name is 游国华.
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