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Dubaiker Realtors, scamming foreigners

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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Tags: Dubaiker, Realtors, realtor, review, scams, shenzhen

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Comment by Sofia Chen on August 28, 2014 at 10:48am
Comment by Sofia Chen on August 28, 2014 at 10:45am

I hope expats and locals take your advice onboard.
I had a similar experience with the same realtor, she is the most dishonest and shameful person. I extended my lease and deposited the rent as usual in the bank account that i had been depositing every month prior.
To cut a long story short, after I had extended my lease she took the payment never passed it on to the home owner as expected, when things came to light she disappeared no where to be seen. We tried to contact her with no success and we visited her office to find out it does not exist.

Her name is Gloria You (on other profile she disguises her name as Gloria Chou.) Her Chinese name is 游国华. Their website is http://www.dubaiker.com/ (BTW the two phone numbers shown largely on the site are also not existing)
If anyone has contact with her, can you please let me know. The police are investigating after several complaints, yet apparently she is hiding somewhere. I strongly suggest not having any relationship with this one.

 

Comment by Profanipenguin on August 27, 2014 at 10:10am

My standard response to "it will be two months' deposit" is "no, it will be one month" - this has been a successful negotiation in 100% of cases both in China and in Cambodia. I would understand a high deposit in a place that had large amounts of money invested in it; most Chinese apartments couldn't give away the shit inside them for nothing.

Like the Pool Junkie I also negotiate over rent; offering a 12 month contract over a 6 month one often helps sweeten the pot to get the discount.

Comment by Robert on August 26, 2014 at 12:02pm

Where did you find this "realtor"? Where is her office? Why was the deposit paid back to the realtor if you were moving into the apartment? Shouldn't the landlord be hanging onto this?

And where was your Chinese girlfriend where all this was happening?

Comment by Cynic on August 26, 2014 at 11:48am

Happens all the time there. I've always gotten screwed over on my deposit and realtors are usually greedy pieces of shit.

Comment by Zen on my back on August 26, 2014 at 12:16am

Such is life, then you die. You learnt a lesson, treasure it and move on.

Comment by Ben on August 25, 2014 at 10:01pm
Unlike us, Chinese women have no morals and would rather scam foreigners than make an honest living.
Comment by Pool Junkie on August 25, 2014 at 9:54pm

The mistake that you made here was paying the deposit before you signed the lease.

I advise anyone who'll listen that when you rent a place here you need to get the deposit down to as small amount as possible. Everyone tells you that two months is "standard", but in best part of five years here I have never paid that. In my current contract I only paid one month as a deposit, but three months rent in advance. With deposits the best case scenario is that you get your money back, so it's best to keep the amount as small as possible.

You need to provide the names, address etc of where this company is based. Giving an English name is nigh on useless, they'll just change it.

When negotiating rent, don't bother getting drawn into a conversation. If they try to stick a foreigner tax on it, let them. Just say, I'm offering xxxRMB per month, and leave it at that, and see what they come back with. They would much rather rent it at the regular price than leave it sat on the market haemorrhaging a lot of money in lost income on a daily basis. Just offer what you think it's worth, and leave it at that. Most of the time they'll call you in a day or two and tell you the deal is on. 

Comment by iWolf on August 25, 2014 at 9:29pm

Dude, that sucks but please explain exactly why i should be surprised by any of this.

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