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When couples marry, new brides usually leave their home to move in with their husbands. What is less common, however, is to have a letting agency make that decision for them. Such is the case for a Mrs Wang from Chengdu, who after temporarily moving in with her new husband, returned to her original home one day to find that the locks had been changed and that someone else was sleeping in her bed.

As it transpires, the letting agency had offered a unit for rent in the same building as Wang’s flat, but forgot which particular one was available for leasing. When Mr Sui – the unfortunate new tenant – arrived at what he believed to be his new flat, it was a mess, strewn with a woman’s clothes and handbags. Naturally he phoned to have them clean it out, and the agency dutifully arranged to dispose of Wang’s possessions. later confessed to Wang that they had made a mistake but they failed to explain how Sui had got access to her unit in the first place as the keys wouldn’t have fit the lock. More distressingly for Wang, have offered her compensation of Rmb10,000, but she claims the designer gear they threw out amounted to over Rmb100,000. “They’ve asked me to provide evidence of lost property, saying it’s for arbitration,” she complains. “But how can I provide evidence? Even if I have the receipts I still have to prove the items were in the house.”

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