A complete guide to
RENTING AN APARTMENT IN JAPAN
From an idea to moving in
First of all, you need to decide on where to live. This might depend on your work, your habits, your budget, etc.
We highly recommend Tokyo's neighbouring city - Saitama. Check out reasons why it's might be the right place for you.
Choose things that might become a deciding factor for you. Is it a certain size of a living room, or maybe you don't want to live on a first floor. You have any pets? Or maybe you can't live without a balcony? If you decide on important things upfront it can seriously reduce the time sou spend looking for the right apartment for you.
This might seem obvious, but make sure that you count for everything that will end up on the bill. There are several things that you might get charged for, but also might not, so better to know in advance how much you have to spend.
In Japan you usually can't contact property's owner directly. There is also a lot of procedures that can only be performed by authorized company. Saitama Maruyama will take all of the hassle of your shoulders and connect you with the best living space you can possibly find.
It's not necessary, because there are always photos or 3d panoramas and a detailed scheme of every property, but that can not replace looking at the apartment directly and walking around the neighbourhood. So be sure to save some time to go check the place with your own eyes.
This might seem a little overwhelming at first, but we will make sure that everything is easy to understand and easy to go through.
There's still some things you need to do after you move in, but the hard part is already over. Enjoy your new Home!
Thanks to the very reliable transport system in Kanto region, you more or less free to choose where you want to live, despite your place of work or study.
People often pay less attention to their neighborhood, focusing all their attention on the apartment. But the surrounding environment is just as important as your own room. So if you have some time, think about your future life: where you going to buy groceries, how you going to relax after work etc. And of course, how much is it going to cost to live in a certain place.
Depending on your circumstances, some things are absolutely crucial. If you have a car, you need an apartment with parking space. Or maybe you know that you going to commute every day, in which case it’s better to live closer to the station. Other things you can sacrifice for better deal or nicer area, like closet space or a balcony. Remember, that some of those things are especially important for Japanese people, and can seriously influence the price of a unit. So set your priorities in order of priority for you and let the agent know about it.
Usually, when going through real estate listings on the internet, you going to see something similar to this. A lot of icons for the most popular things, people are asking for. But people in Japan might have slightly different views on what’s matter in the living space. So be sure to think about your own preferences and then let the agent know what to look for.
Most of the things to choose from are about different properties of an apartment and things that you will find inside, like flooring and joint or separated bathroom and toilet. But you can often choose straight away only properties that doesn’t require guarantor or paying the key money.
Thinking about how much your new apartment will cost, you have to keep in mind that your rent is only one part of it. For example, your electricity bill in Tokyo is going to about the same as in Saitama, but a month of daycare for a child can be more than twice as high in the capital as the same thing in Saitama.
Bearing that in mind, you need to be sure that you can afford not only the rent but your future life in a new place.
Once you find an apartment and you’re ready to sign the contract, the initial payment, or shoki-hiyō, 初期費用 is typically going to be the largest. Of course it all depends on the situation, but you may have to pay an amount equal to five or six times your monthly rent as an initial payment. And Japan is still a cash-based society, so don’t forget your cash!Here are the costs you’ll have to take care of for your initial payment:
And don’t forget to think how you going to move in the first place. Japanese transport and dedicated moving companies are amazing, but they can cost quite a lot. Be sure to check out our guide on moving in Japan.
Japan has it’s own well-established real estate system where you can’t really contact property owners directly. You going to need to talk to an agency. There’s endless amount of big and small companies and almost all of them work with the same database of properties. So you just need to choose the one that’s going to be easy to work with.
Saitama Maruyama Engeneering can offer you one stop service for all your needs, whether it’s renting or buying an apartment, or building your own property or just dealing with noisy neighbours. We are always there for you. With full English support, you can be sure that your voice will be heard.
Apartment layouts in Japan are expressed in terms of the availability of a living room, kitchen/dining area plus the additional number of rooms.
This is a tricky step, because the sheer amount of paperwork.
You might not need everything on this list, but if you want to be fully prepared, make sure you have at least these numbered items covered.
You now have a new place to live. The whole process can seem difficult, but hopefully this guide can make it more straightforward to you.
When you come to this stage you probably already know that there are still some additional steps left.
Hopefully this was already dealt with before you moved in. But if not, you need to apply for utilities, such as electricity, water and gas.
Internet usually gets disconnected after previous residents moved out. So if you need your own wifi spot or wired connection, you have to apply for it.
Different companies have different payment options. You can always bring your bills to combini, but you can also set up autopayment from your bank account, or pay with a mobile app.
Lastly, definitely save our contacts, that you can see right below this article. If you have any questions, complaints, requests, etc., please contact us.
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Of how a perfect home for you should look like.
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