Once you’ve secured the apartment and shipped the boxes, it’s time to turn up the heat, or at least turn it on. Setting up utilities is one of the more tedious parts of settling into a new home. Unless you are staying in a serviced apartment, as a tenant it’s your responsibility to sign up for water, gas and electricity. Do ask your agent about any existing supply when you sign the lease, and then use this nifty resource to make connections.
Supplier: Water Supplies Department of the Water Authority.
Documents: Applications should be sent with a copy of your Hong Kong ID, and applications take about a week to process.
Bills: Sent quarterly
Enquiries: 2824 5000 (Press 3 for English)
Supplier: Towngas, unless you are living in remote areas that use bottled gas.
Documents: For homes with a previous gas supply you should make note of the meter reading when you move in. A HK$600 deposit is taken for registration, which is used against any outstanding balance when you close the gas utilities account.
If a gas meter is installed but has not been connected previously (as with a new build) you will also need a copy of your lease.
Bills: Sent every two months, with a breakdown of monthly use.
Enquiries: 2880 6988
Supplier: Hong Kong Electric (For Hong Kong Island and Lamma Island)
Signing Up: Apply online or download the relevant form here. You can email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it by the customer service centre. Transferring this utilities account from a previous address takes one working day, new connections can take up to two weeks.
Documents: Hong Kong ID or passport, and deposit (equal to 60 days estimated consumption)
Enquiries: 2887 3411, 9am-6pm, Monday-Sunday
Supplier: CLP Power (For Kowloon and the New Territories, including Lantau, Cheung Chau and most other outlying islands aside from Lamma)
Documents: Hong Kong ID or passport, and a deposit (equal to 60 days estimated consumption)
Bills: Every two months
Enquiries: 2678 2678
CLP also has a helpful guide for new movers here
Making utilities payments is fast and efficient and may be done via a number of channels. Bills can be paid through your bank’s ATM machines, as well as by phone and online and at most convenience stores including 7-11 and Circle K, if you have the bill present.
Direct debits are often called “Autopay” in Hong Kong and require a trip to your bank to set up.
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