Some of you may be relying on a Company Assigned Agent to find your rental property in Shanghai. Whole hopefully your agent is working out well, but unfortunately not all CAAs are up to par.
If you have heard from your colleagues that your CAA in Shanghai is not delivering quality service and properties you can always get around it by untying yourself from their services. Some of our clients have had written into their employment contracts that they get their housing allowance paid into their bank accounts and sign the lease in their own names. This allows them the freedom to use any agent or agency that they want, enjoy a better level of service, see a better choice of properties and get a better housing deal than if they had used their CAA.
Make sure you do some due diligence before you sign your relocation package so that you alone are in the driver’s seat. You can ask fellow colleagues already here, ask questions on Expat Forums and do a bit of your own ground work by mailing your CAA directly and check their level of expertise and knowledge. If you feel confident that they are working in your best interests, by all means use them but if not, I suggest you make alternative arrangements.
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Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at +86 13122 810 421 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties