Well, undoubtedly the cheapest option is to wait. Wait until a more social hour to call your landlord (Any idea what the number is?), or until your rental agency opens.
If it’s imperative that you resolve the problem immediately, you’ll need to call a 24 hour locksmith.
Ask yourself these questions; Do I know what number to call? How do I Google ‘locksmith’ in Chinese? How much money do I need? If the answer is something along the lines of, I haven’t got a clue, read on.
One of the key problems here (no pun intended) is that it’s hard to resolve this in a language that isn’t Chinese. To be begin any searches, you need to start with unlocking (開鎖).
This will reveal plenty of companies that can help, in Chinese! The following are links to services that operate 24 hours a day, everyday of the year.
https://lionlockhk.com/ | +852 6655 0003
https://www.locksmithlily.com/ | +852 5544 6666
https://www.onsumlock.com/ | +852 5222 7111
https://24ulock.business.site/ | +852 6412 1212
https://www.24keyman.com/ | +852 5114 5114
https://balconylock-locksmith.business.site/ | +852 6226 8044
https://www.24lockcentre.com/ | +852 5585 5888
It’s hard to give a definitive account of the costs until the locksmith has assessed the type of lock they have to deal with. As an example that highlights a worst case scenario, one of the services above quotes the following prices:
Unlocking: HK$400 – HK$1200 (depending on lock type).
Payment can be made in cash or by credit card. So, before you make that call, make sure you can pay!
When you call the service, you’ll be asked for your address, and phone number. It may sound silly, but do you know how to read your address? Or you can send WhatsApp messages with details and where possible pictures of the problem. Expect at least a 20 minute wait for the locksmith to arrive and 5-15 minutes for your door to be opened. You will also need to produce some form of I.D which allows for your address to be cross referenced. Check you haven’t lost your Registration Card as well!
The locksmith will only open your door for you. Something to consider if you don’t have a spare key inside.
If you lack the confidence to try this on your own, another option is to find your nearest police office. Local officers know all about these kinds of problems and will be able to put you in touch with a nearby locksmith. If you ask nicely, they may even call on your behalf! They are not, however, authorized to smash down your door.
The average locksmith can also handle cars, motorbikes/scooters, bicycles, and safety boxes.
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