Hi! I have a problem with my housing agency in Shanghai regarding getting my deposit back. I signed a contract for 1 year but have to move out early as I communicated with them when signing the contract. They said it would be no problem as long as I find a replacement for myself, after being reassured I went for it and leased an room in a 3-bedroom apartment. So now to get my deposit back (2 months rent) I have to find a new person to rent my room. They said in March that the replacement needs to pay 4,100 per month, and have clarified to me now when I have already found a person to take over my lease that they raised the price to 4500 (three weeks before I need to move out). Could you please let me know if it's legal for the agency to increase prices like that on a monthly basis? I'm afraid that they did it to keep my deposit because even 4100 is a lot of money and most of my friends pay significantly less for a shared room in Jing'an. I was struggling to find anyone to take over the room for 4100 and after they told me that the price had increased to 4500 I think I will give up on looking for people to take over my lease. They have, however, just found a new roommate and he pays 4100 for a bigger more modern room than mine.
I have multiple problems with this agency and highly encourage everyone to stop using their services.
Other people have already mentioned other problems they were having with this agency, here are the links:
http://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.ph … 45#2826276