On April 21, 2021, Lucy Liu and Felix Feng from the International Committee of Guangdong Guanghe Law Firm were invited by Shekou Foreign Legal Assistance Center to give a legal seminar on the legal relationship of house leasing and house lease contract for foreign residents in Shenzhen. It has received enthusiastic responses and wide acclaim from foreign residents participating in this event.
In September 2020, the Shekou Foreign Legal Assistance Center was officially established by the Shenzhen Municipality Bureau of Justice and Shekou Sub-District Office of Nanshan District. Guanghe International Committee has been cooperating with the Center for a long time, providing legal advice to foreign residents on a voluntary basis, which is highly recognized and acclaimed by the foreign residents in Shenzhen.
This seminar was held fully in English and lasted for over 2 hours. Lucy Liu introduced and explained information concerning how to identify unscrupulous agents, how to identify fake listing, important clauses in respect of house lease contract in the Civil Code, and other issues which foreign residents might encounter when renting a house in Shenzhen.
In this seminar, Felix Feng analyzed the Residential House Lease Agreement For Use in Shezhen Municipality (2019) formulated by Housing and Construction Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality (Residential House Lease Agreement), introduced the details of articles in respect of rent term, payment of rent, security deposit, liability of breach of contract and other critical articles in the house lease agreement, reminded the participants of potential risks of entering into a house lease agreement, and explained with all his efforts about the legal issues that the participants had encountered during rental, which received an enthusiastic reaction from the participants.
In this seminar, Guanghe lawyers also provided Shenzhen’s first unofficial bilingual house lease agreement template, which has been highly acknowledged and praised by the foreign residents. This contract template was finalized after 8 revisions over a month by Felix Feng, Lucy Liu and Nancy Yin, the Director of Real Estate Committee.
Based on the years of friendly cooperation between Guanghe Law Firm, Shekou Management Service Center for Expats and Shekou Foreign Legal Assistance Center, this bilingual house lease agreement template was not only presented to the foreign residents participating in the seminar, but will also be place in the center for foreign residents to refer to and utilize.
Guanghe International Committee is committed to the development and cultivation of international legal business, and has established friendly cooperation with International well-known law firms from more than 20 countries worldwide, aiming to provide comprehensive, professional and high-quality legal services for both Chinese and foreign clients.