Renters Stories in Shenzhen – “I moved for about 16 times in 2 Years”

According to the statistics, there are around 80% of people who live in Shenzhen are renting the place, that’s accounted for around 15 millions of people.

Here are stories shared by different renters across Shenzhen.

@XEH

“I have been living with my boyfriend in a one-bed-room apartment in Bai Shi Zhou(白石洲) for two years. I get depressed from time to time because of the poor living condition, there is a couple and young lad who live in the next door at a 10 square meter place, they live on Bunk beds.”

@XYZ

“I came to Shenzhen last year,and already moved for about 5 times, there is a period that I was unemployed and got lot of stress, my boyfriend who lives in other part of China wants me to come home and get marry. However, I really don’t want to leave Shenzhen, so I decide to break up with my boyfriend.”

@WMZ

“In 2009 a few of us renting a 3 bed room apartment, my boyfriend nearly ran away with the girl that are in the place.”

@MBSHL

During my 6 years living in Shenzhen, I moved for about 4 times. I got cheated by the rental agent when i first started renting the apartment. On my second time renting, I can smell very strange stuff in the air, later, the security
guard told me that, there had been person passed away under my floor, and I got really scared,and the following day I decided to  move out of the place.

On my third time renting experience, the building I stayed in there are lots of people involve in prostitution, at first I didn’t know about it, and the security guard mistake me as a client of the prostitute. And he kept asking me how do you feel? And I was very puzzled by that until I learnt about the truth.

@XB

“I am a graduate of industrial design, I have been in Shenzhen for three years. In the last two years I moved for about 16 times. The reason include: frequency of job changes, bad landlord, couldn’t get alone well with my flatmates. In my third year, I decided to find a place to live on my own, and it’s quite stable and I lived here for nearly a  year now.

If I have a girlfriend, I am afraid she may not want me renting the place all the time. I do want to buy an apartment here in Shenzhen, but the price is just way too high. I could have choosen to take the mortgage, but I would encounter lots of debt and that would decrease my life quality significantly.”

Edited and translated by: Philip Caruso