Signing an apartment lease can be one of the most daunting tasks when moving to Taiwan. We even published an article to help new expats in Taipei find their new home, however, it didn’t offer any absolute foolproof method for doing so in English.
Luckily, we later discovered UR HOUSE REALTY! We were so impressed with this expat-friendly housing agency that we even updated the article due to how well they specialize in helping expats find their ideal apartment while offering an astounding amount of benefits.
No matter who you are – student, working professional, local firm, or even a global organization – they can meet your needs through multilingual agents and collaborations with multiple landlords, serviced apartments, building developers, and even embassies.
UR HOUSE is able to help with long-term and short-term rentals (minimum of 3 months). Thanks to their ever-expanding networks, they offer a great selection of properties in the Taipei housing market and help filter apartments based on your needs to save you time.
Best of all, they cover every step of the process: understanding your full needs, finding an apartment you love, signing a contract, and solving any problems that may arise during your lease.
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1. Property Listings
Check out the services they provide:
1. Property Listings
Simply visit the official UR HOUSE website to browse listings across Taipei. You can filter by district, the number of bedrooms, rent per month (by manually entering your own preferred price range), and more. Best of all, their site has a user-friendly interface and is English-friendly!
Listings on their site provide details like rent and management fee, layout, size, floor number, address, and additional information – for example, whether or not the building has an elevator and whether or not it accepts pets.
Whatever you’re looking for, they can help.
2. Free Showings and Orientations
After fully understanding your needs, their English-speaking agent will schedule viewings and meet you to check out apartments that you’re interested in. Having one of the largest selections of rental properties in the market, UR HOUSE is able to find any housing to suit your needs (including listings from other agencies or from landlords).
We’ve come a long way from the days of having to use Google Translate to conduct broken conversations with agents and landlords which had always been a frustrating experience, especially when you’re unfamiliar with the Taiwanese rental environment.
They also have a brochure with an English map and an introduction to all the major districts in Taipei which really helps if you are not familiar with Taipei or have just arrived from abroad.
3. Tailored English Lease Agreements
Probably the most stressful part of searching for an apartment is committing to signing a lease when you can’t read Chinese. Although landlords may provide an English copy of the contract, we’ve often noticed discrepancies between English and Chinese versions in the past – and this could come back to bite you.
Thankfully UR HOUSE removes this stress by producing identical English and Chinese lease agreements that both parties can review beforehand so there are no nasty surprises!
4. Move In and Move Out Condition Inspections
UR HOUSE drafts detailed move-in checklists with photos and helps you assess the condition of the apartment before and after your lease.
While the Taiwanese rental market usually overlooks or neglects inspections (which can lead to conflicts), UR HOUSE takes this process seriously and will go out of their way to make your move-in and move-out process goes as smoothly as possible.
5. Coordinating Vendors For Repairs
A common problem with typical agencies in Taipei is that they’re usually very friendly at the beginning, but then offer little assistance after the lease has been signed and collected their payment.
Some of us have had the awful experience of chasing after agents to adhere to their legal obligations through Google Translate to help fix household appliances when they break down and replace consumables (such as lightbulbs) partway through our lease.
UR HOUSE prevents those headaches by offering you their services for the entire duration of your lease. You simply just contact them with any issues or concerns and they’ll do the work – whether it’s coordinating with vendors for small repairs, or resolving bigger problems with the landlord directly.
It’s comforting to know you can relax knowing they’ll look after you in these types of rental emergencies.
6. Service Fee
After learning about how comprehensive UR HOUSE’s professional services are, we expected their fees must be pretty high to match the quality. Surprisingly, this is not the case at all.
As a matter of fact, UR HOUSE charges less than many other agencies in the city. Their one-time service fee is only half a month’s rent!
We personally wished we knew about them before moving to Taipei – (we paid our agent a full month’s rental fee for much less service with no English).
UR HOUSE – (Adam)
LINE ID: adam5659
Whatsapp: +886 984389079
Facebook: UR HOUSE 家合外商租屋管理
Email: [email protected]
Address: 6F.-1, No.7, Sec. 1, Dunhua S. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City
🗓️ Updated: May 2022 – Taipei.Expats