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HOW TO RENT AN APARTMENT IN JAPAN (9 STEPS)



1. Search for a Property:

- Start by looking for rental listings online, through real estate agencies, or in local newspapers.


2. Contact a Real Estate Agency:

- Engage with an English-speaking real estate agency to help you find suitable properties. They can provide valuable advice and assistance throughout the process.


3. Viewing Properties:

- Schedule viewings for the properties you're interested in. This is a chance to inspect the condition and amenities of the place.


4. Application:

- If you find a property you like, you will need to submit an application form. This often includes personal information, such as your name, contact details, and employment status.


5. Tenant Screening:

- Your application will go through 2 or 3 screenings. Initial screening will be done by the Management company. The second is from the Guarantor Company, and the final verdict will be from the owner. The results will decide if we can continue with the application or if we have to look for another place. (Results are within 3-5days) 6. Move-in Date:

- Agree on a move-in date with the landlord. This will be the start date of the contract. (Be careful because it will be hard to change it once the contract has been made, please check the dates.) 7. Initial Payment:

- Pay the initial fees, which typically include the first month's rent, a security deposit, fire insurance, guarantor fees, and agency fees. 8. Lease Agreement:

- After paying the initial fees, we can now decide the date of signing the contract. The lease will be explained during the contract signing date, make sure you review it carefully and understand the terms and conditions.


9. Moving day:

-This is when you will officially move into the property. Check for damages that are already there when you move in and inform your agent about it. Remember, it's crucial to read and understand all the documents before signing. If you're unsure about anything, don't hesitate to ask for clarification. Additionally, seeking advice from a trusted real estate agent or legal advisor can be very helpful, especially if you're unfamiliar with the local rental laws and customs.

 

Now that you have rented a place, what do you do next?

Utilities and Internet Set-Up:

- Arrange for utilities such as water, gas, and electricity to be connected in your name. You'll also need to set up an internet connection if it's not already available. We have also created an easy guide on how to set up the utilities, so make sure to check it out!

Residence Registration:

- If you're a foreigner staying in Japan for more than 90 days, you're required to register your residence at the local municipal office. M. DELA CRUZ

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