What would life be like for a house-hunter in Hong Kong with a rent budget of $400,000 a month? Just great, if the services of local estates agents who handle such deals are any indication. Anyone willing to pay that kind of money for a property can expect the ultimate in service. 'We would do everything to make sure every detail is taken care of and the transaction runs as smoothly as possible,' Yosha Bekink, head of Vigers Residential, said. 'We take care of anything from helping with immigration procedures, sorting out driving licences, making sure the gas, water and electricity are connected to putting people in touch with interior designers, decorators and schools and advising on the best places to shop and where to eat. 'These are the kinds of things that executives who are able to afford this sort of property are far too busy to attend to, but they are things which are vitally important to comfortable living.' The top end of the luxury rental market is an exclusive one, not only because of the high sums but because the supply of super league homes is limited and most are owner-occupied. Only the most senior staff of Vigers Residential, usually Ms Bekink or her deputy, would be involved in the negotiations between the property owner and the potential tenant. The initial meeting would identify client needs and location. 'These people will be involved in a lot of home entertainment,' Ms Bekink said. 'They may ask for a dining room that can seat 20, or they may need a room to accommodate 50 at a cocktail party. Property on Hong Kong island with that sort of space is rare.' Location was also important. The Peak, Deep Bay and Shouson Hill were most favoured, she said. There were luxury properties with gardens in Sai Kung and Sha Tin but they were not considered practical because of the distances to the central business district. For each prospective client, a brochure is compiled which outlined floor space and the configuration of the house or apartment. Any hidden costs, such as management fees and ground rates, are explained. 'It can take anything up to a year to find the right place that meets all the requirements,' Ms Bekink said. It is common for people moving to Hong Kong and willing to pay top rents to commute between their own country and the territory until a suitable home is found. Ms Bekink estimated there were no more than 50 properties in the right locations on Hong Kong island that fell into the super rental category. 'Many people who come from Europe or the United States and who are asked to pay the sort of money that exclusive properties fetch here are surprised at how little they get for their money,' Ms Bekink said. 'They are used to large homes with gardens that afford privacy. In Hong Kong, even the detached properties tend to have small gardens and these are usually overlooked by neighbours.'