How to Rent an Apartment in Japan

September 6, 2018
contract for renting apartment in japan

Part 1- Searching for an appropriate apartment

  1. Use online search in our site for rental apartments in Japan and send us inquiries if you find interesting ones. We will contact you as soon as possible. This procedure also helps us to understand what kind of apartments are you looking for.

  2. Come to our office to do detailed search using agents’ platform which includes all the available apartment information in Tokyo and in Japan. Don’t worry about the language, all of our agents are fluent in English.

  3. Go to view the apartments or directly apply for one.

Part 2 - Going Through With a Deal

  1. Have ID documents ready. While finding a house in Japan, you must keep all your identity documents handy with other documents like bank passbook, etc. If you are working in Japan, you are better to bring employment contract or in case of students - an student ID. A local emergency contact person is also a necessity. It can be your friend or any colleague who is fluent in Japanese. Please let them know that this is only emergency contact but not a guarantor so they don’t need to worry to take any financial or legal responsibility for you. If all the documents are ready, we can fill application form and send it to managing company. Managing company will start screening process and it will take a few days.

  2. Fees details. Since the Japanese market has high fees for moving-in, here are a few places where you will have to pay.

  • Key money to the landlord 0-1 month rent. non refundable

  • Security deposit 1-2 months’ rent

  • Guarantor company fee 0.5-1 month rent

  • Agent's fee 1 month rent

  • Advanced monthly rent. We also have many apartments with no key money, no deposit, no agent fee so feel free to ask us about those options.

    1. Sign a tenancy agreement

    All the documents are in Japanese but we will explain the contents in English to you. The initial fees you should have understood already. You also have to check following costs:

-Renewal fee. Usually leases are for two years in Japan but you can renew the lease after two years. Usually renewal fee is one month rent.

-Cleaning fee. When you move out you have to pay cleaning fee and which is deducted from your deposit.

-Penalty for early termination. If you terminate the lease before it expires, sometimes there is a penalty charged and usually it is one month rent.

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