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What is Formosa Life Services? Why Should I consider?


Formosa Life Services House Rental is a professional house rental company, focusing on international house rental and Business to Business (B2B) house rental business since 2009. Therefore:

  1. We are officially recommended by Tunghai University & Providence University. Please Check HERE and HERE​.
  2. We are well-experienced with international house rentals.
  3. We provide English services. When you are in a different country with a language barrier, the English services help a lot.
  4. We provide the documents, receipts and proofs you need for house rental or visa.




What is the “deposit?” When and how Formosa return it?


  1. Each room has to pay a 2-month deposit before check-in.
  2. Based on the Taiwan Civil Law, the deposit is a bond to secure the performance of a contract. In different countries or contracts, the parties may call it “security money,” ”contract security deposit,” ”performance bond,” “performance security,” ”earnest money,” ”cash deposit,” "bail" or the like.
  3. The deposit is used for potential future non-performances or damages to the leasing contract. So, it is a potential compensation fund, not a part of the rent.
  4. Regarding the cancellation of your reservation, we have a separate return policy. You won't lose the full amount of the deposit.
  5. We will return the deposit the next month on the 15th by international wire transfer (telegraphic transfer, T/T) to your bank account in your country




How Formosa calculates the rent and the utility?


  1. The listed prices are monthly rents.
  2. 1 room for up to 2 people. For the 3rd or more people to share 1 room, we charge an additional TWD$1000/mo. rent.
  3. Utility is NTD$800 per month.
  4. The shortest leasing period is one month long. For international houses, the initial leasing term shall be at least one semester long.
  5. The first-month rent starts from the check-in date. For example, you check-in on Sept. 12th and the first-month rent starts from Sept. 12th to Oct 11th and so on.
  6. We issue bills around the 5th of each month for every room. So, it is possible that you get the 2nd-month bill very soon. For example, if checking in on Sept 26th, you will get the 2nd bill around Oct 5th. And, following the 1st bill, the 2nd bill goes from Oct 26th to Nov. 25.
  7. If you stay past your ending lease but less than 30 days, we will charge you a daily rental fee for the rest of the days from the deposit. You don’t need to pay an entire month rent. For example, your rent is TWD$7,500/mo. and the lease ends on June 19th. You want to check-out on June 27, will pay the rent from June 20 to June 27, which is 7500/30*8=2000.




What equipment does Formosa provide? Do you have a kitchen?


  1. Most of our rooms are ensuite bedrooms which are suites with a private bathroom with shower, NOT 3-bedroom apartments and not flats.
  2. Most of our rooms include Ethernet, personal Wi-Fi, closet, desk, chair, air conditioner, water heater, mattress, bedstead, shelves, private restroom with a western toilet, public laundry machine, and dryer, public water machine. LCD TV and TV channels are optional.
  3. Formosa runs house rental business, not hotel business. Therefore, we don't provide some services or pieces of equipment which hotels provide. For example, we do NOT provide full-length mirrors, space heaters, irons or toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, towels, hair dryers, etc.
  4. Some optional pieces of equipment: a one-door fridge for TWD$300/mo.; an electronic thermo-blanket for winter for TWD$150/mo.
  5. We sell bedding for TWD$2480/single bed; TWD$3000/queen-size-bed. A set of bedding includes one or two pillows and cases, a blanket, and a cover for a mattress. All the bedding is made by 100% cotton.




After a Summer Semester, why I need to check out before August 31st in International Houses?


  1. If you are pretty sure you only stay for a summer semester and you stay in one of the international houses, please be aware that you need to check out before August 31st. The reason is the students of the fall semester will check in around September 1st.
  2. If there is any chance you will stay longer, but you can't promise to stay for a fall semester, please send a Housing Application of Fall Semester and choose "To pay upon Check-In in TWD" at the end of the application. Otherwise, you will be forced to check out or change your room. Don't worry. We will not require the cost of the Fall Semester.
  3. If you are only planning to stay several days for weeks after August 31st, you may choose to stay in one of the regular houses. Or, you can move from international houses to regular houses by August 31st.
  4. It is possible to keep staying in the same room in international houses after August 31st if the next tenant of your room will check in late. But, you need to be lucky.




What are the differences between to pay and not to pay before arriving Taiwan?


  1. The most important difference is that we don't reserve rooms for people who pay upon check-in. Without a reservation fee, there is no guarantee for Formosa that you will check-in. We will not keep empty rooms and reject others.
  2. Some options are only prepared on demand. If you need them after check-in, you have to wait several days or even weeks to get them.
  3. If you are worried that you may change your plan and cancel the reservation. Don't worry. We have a refund policy.




How to internationally wire transfer the payment to Formosa?


  1. When wire transferring, the best way to avoid future disputes, please tell your bank to pay the expenses of your bank and Formosa pays the expenses of Formosa's bank and the correspondent bank. Here are the reasons as following:
    • International wire transfer (telegraphic transfer, T/T) is complicated, involving 3 banks: your bank, Formosa's bank and a correspondent bank.
    • Expenses of your bank: they are certain numbers to you and you possibly get discounts by wire transferring on-line or other promotions. So, it is better for you to bear the expenses of your bank.
    • Expenses of Formosa's bank: they are certain numbers to Formosa and Formosa are possibly get discounts by wire transferring on-line or other promotions. So, it is better for Formosa to bear the expenses of Formosa's bank.
    • Expenses of the correspondent bank: they are various based on what channel the banks transfer the payment through; and neither you nor Formosa could check the expenses, making the expenses very controversial. Therefore, the best way is that Formosa pay it for receiving the payment and, vice versa, you will pays it for receiving the deposit.
  2. After wire transferring, please download or take a picture of the receipt and send to us to confirm the payment.




How Formosa arranges rooms for people who pay before arriving Taiwan?


  1. We arrange rooms by “applications” in time order and reservations are completed by the payment, which means to send us applications and pay earlier is a good idea.
  2. If you have any preference, you may write it down in the "personal info." section, we will try to satisfy as could as possible.
  3. Even we have many rooms and buildings, however, sometimes all the rooms are occupied. So, please send your application as soon as possible.




Is Formosa real and is it safe to pay to Formosa before arrival?


In some countries, house renting fraud is common. There are some tips to help you to check whether we are real and it is not a fraud. You may check the website of the Chinese Learning Center of TungHai University and Providence University. You will see Formosa’s logo or title on their website, click the logo or title to go to our website. If you don't feel safe to pay to Formosa before arrival, you may choose to check the rooms and to pay upon check-in in person. However, as written hereby and on the applications, we don't reserve rooms in this case.




Any contract or accommodation rules?


  1. The most important rule is tenants should not do anything that affects the quality of living of others.
  2. The second most important rule is that tenants should not do anything illegal in the room or in the building.
  3. All of our rooms and areas are not non-smoking places, in accordance with Article 17 of the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act.
  4. Only some of our buildings allow our tenants to keep pets with prior permission.
  5. If you want to take a look, here is the contract and the accommodation rules. Please click to get them.




Any refund policy for cancellation?


  1. Yes! we do have refund policy as following for people who pay before they come. You won't lose all the paid amount of money.
  2. TWD$1000 as the cancellation fee to cancel for 30 days or more before check-in.
  3. TWD$1000 & 20% of the “rent” as the cancellation fee to cancel for 15-30 days before check-in.
  4. TWD$1000 & 40% of the “rent” as the cancellation fee to cancel for 4-14 days before check-in.
  5. TWD$1000 & 70% of the “rent” as the cancellation fee to cancel for 1-4 days before check-in.
  6. TWD$1000 & 100% of the “rent” as the cancellation fee to cancel on or after check-in.




What are the Car-pool and the Exclusive airport pick-up?


  1. In a car-pool pick-up, the driver picks up several passengers in one trip. You have less space and may come to our place later because the driver needs to drop off others at different places.
  2. In an exclusive pick-up, the driver only picks you up. You have exclusive space in the car and directly come to our place from the airport.




Why the airport pick-up from Formosa is more expensive than from the school?


  1. Formosa arranges the pick up individually and the school arranges many students to pick up together and save the cost.
  2. Formosa asks the driver to hold your name card to find you with extra cost. This guarantees that the driver will pick you up.




Do I need the airport pick-up from Formosa?


If you will arrive at Taichung Airport (RMQ), you may come by bus or by taxi because it is close to us. Please click HERE and HERE to get the instruction. For coming from any other airport, we strongly recommend every international student to take the airport pick-up service for the following reasons:

  1. The driver of the airport pick-up services will find you, pick you up and send you to our place on time.
  2. Most bus drivers and taxi drivers don't speak English at all and it is hard to find route maps in English.
  3. Some terms are different between different languages. Even if you find an English speaker to help, sometimes you are still in trouble. For example, Providence University has a totally different Chinese name. Only experienced people know what school you are talking about.




How Formosa claims and collects payments after check-in?


  1. Formosa office doesn't collect payments in cash and none of us will ask you to pay to him/her.
  2. If you pay the rent monthly, Formosa collects rents only by convenience stores and they only accept cash.
  3. To pay by a credit or debit card, you need to pay lump-sum. Please contact with Formosa to change the contract and payment.
  4. Formosa collects personal power costs and laundry costs monthly. The tenants in international houses don't need to pay the power cost.
  5. Because of the setting of the payment system, all different tenants have the same deadline and it is on the 15th of each month.




The monsoon and humidity problem: is my room leaking water?


Every year the monsoon brings a huge amount of moisture to Taiwan when the weather changes from winter to spring. And the humidity causes mold problems as well. Sometimes the high humidity is so serious, causing water drops and running water on the walls and floors like what you see HERE, HERE or from the TV news clip HERE. When it happens, what you should do?

  1. Do NOT open your windows: the major mistake is to open the windows. The humidity is not caused by any problem of the house, but by the weather. The humidity outside is higher than inside, so you have to close the windows to keep the humid air out.
  2. The only effective way is to raise the temperature of your room. Therefore, from noon to 3 PM when the temperature outside is high, you may open the windows to let the hot air in, to raise the temperature of the room to reduce the humidity.
  3. All other dehumidifying methods are useless or cause the opposite effect. an ordinary dehumidifier or the dehumidifier function of the AC lowers the temperature of the room, making your room like a glass of icy water; only very advanced dehumidifier rise the temperate of the room and good to use.
  4. Seal something easily get mold with dehumidifier beads.
  5. Put wet stuff outdoor: don’t hang your clothes to dry in your room, don’t put wet umbrella, raincoat or wet shoes indoor.




Some common but impossible-to-solve problems in Taiwan


Formosa helps you in many different ways. However, there are some hard-to-solve problems based on our past experiences and they are not Formosa’s fault.

  1. Allergic reactions: international students come from many different areas in this world. Because of the huge different natures of their bodies, some of them have unknown allergic reactions in Taiwan. They may have itch, measles or some other symptoms. The causes may be different and weird, such as the humidity, the air, the food, etc. Unfortunately, sometimes people misunderstand that we provide bad quality of the furniture, making this problem happens. However, an allergic reaction is individually caused by the nature of your body; and Formosa provides the same furniture to everyone. If the cause is quality, it is obvious that you should not be the only one who reports the problem. Whether you are having an allergic reaction is easy to find: go to see a doctor and the doctor will tell you. We can try to guess the cause and change your room accordingly.
  2. Cockroaches: we have a professional support team to maintain and clean the buildings regularly. However, even so, Taiwan is in the subtropical area; it is impossible to extinguish cockroaches. It is not a problem with our buildings. Please check the Post 1, Post 2, Post 3 to know some details.
  3. Mosquitos: Taiwan is in the subtropical area Mosquitos are really not the same in Europe or North America.; even we do better than other landlords, it is impossible to extinguish mosquitos. Most mosquitos only make you uncomfortable. But be aware of tiger mosquitos, they spread dengue fever in Taiwan and dengue fever could cause death. Tiger mosquitos commonly seem in the southern part of Taiwan. So, when having a plan there, please protect yourself from tiger mosquitos. Please check the Post 1 and Post 2 to know some details.
  4. ​Giant spiders: in Taiwan, almost all kinds of spiders are non-toxic and it is very hard to find a toxic spider in an urban area. A certain type of giant spider can be found in urban areas. It is harmless to people, and it eats cockroaches. Please check the Post 1, Post 2 and Video to know some details.
  5. Clothes moth: this is also a common and harmless bug in Taiwan but most people don't know the name of the bug. Please check the Post 1 and Post 2 to know some details.
  6. Lizards: Taiwan lizard barks! Many international students misunderstand it is the sound of rats. Actually, rats are not common in Taiwan. Taiwan lizards are harmless and eat mosquitos, cockroaches, spiders and the like. Please check the Post 1 to know how it looks like and the Post 2 to hear how it makes sounds.
  7. No space heater: Taiwanese houses are designed for tropical weather. As a result, Taiwanese houses don't include space heaters and heater insulations, the windows and doors are not airtight. It is the same even to hotels and schools.
  8. ​However, each year, there are some cold front or monsoon come to Taiwan and Taiwan is a humid island. Therefore, even the thermometer says the temperature is not very low, your body feels the air is icy cold. Furthermore, no matter in schools, your room or other public buildings, the cold air goes in through windows and doors, making the space cold. This situation usually lasts for 3 to 5 days. There are no other ways to keep yourself warm but to wear more clothes, even to Taiwanese.
Formosa provides thermo-blankets to help keep warm for sleep. But we also don't provide space heaters. The reasons are: on one hand, Taiwanese air conditioner doesn't include heater function, we are unable to provide that; on the other hand, portable space heaters are very dangerous to cause a house fire. You may check related reports HERE and HERE.




How Formosa returns the deposit?


  1. Formosa provides 2 options to return: a bank account in your country and WeChat Pay in CNY.
  2. You may find the International Deposit Return Application to apply the deposit return.
  3. Please be cautious with the information written down on the application, if any mistake happens on the international wire transfer, it is difficult to solve and some extra expenses may occur to you.
  4. Before checking out, Formosa will check with you for the latest exchange rate and the number to transfer.
  5. To avoid future disputes, please be noticed that Formosa pays the expenses of Formosa's bank and you pay the expenses of your bank and the correspondent bank, making the number different from what you know when receiving. Here are the reasons as following:
    • International wire transfer (telegraphic transfer, T/T) is complicated, involving 3 banks: your bank, Formosa's bank and a correspondent bank.
    • Expenses of Formosa's bank: they are certain numbers to Formosa and Formosa are possibly get discounts by wire transferring on-line or other promotions. So, it is better for Formosa to bear the expenses of Formosa's bank.
    • Expenses of your bank: you may check the expenses your bank charges and you possibly get discounts by promotions. So, it is better for you to bear the expenses of your bank.
    • Expenses of the correspondent bank: they are various based on what channel the banks transfer the deposit through; and neither you nor Formosa could check the expenses, making the expenses very controversial. Therefore, the best way is that Formosa pays it for receiving the payment and, vice versa, you will pay it for receiving the deposit.
  6. After wire transfer, you will receive an official E-mail from Formosa's bank with the related records. It may take several days to get the deposit after receiving the E-mail; and it is hard to say how long it takes to process because it is various based on what channel the banks transfer the deposit through.





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