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In Japan, the rules regarding pets in rental apartments can vary depending on the specific policies of the landlord or property management company. Generally, it's important to note the following points:

1. Permission Required: Many rental agreements in Japan explicitly state whether pets are allowed. If pets are permitted, it's usually mentioned in the contract.

2. Pet Deposits or Fees: Some landlords may require a pet deposit or additional monthly fees to cover potential damages or cleaning costs associated with having a pet. Please note that pet deposits are non-refundable.

3. Size and Breed Restrictions: Some landlords may have restrictions on the size or breed of pets allowed. Larger breeds or certain breeds perceived as aggressive may not be permitted. (Small dogs are under 5kg, Medium-sized dogs are under 10kg, and Large dogs are over 10kg). It is important to note that most pet-friendly places in Japan will only allow dogs that are 10kg and below.

4. Leash and Cleanup Rules: Even if pets are allowed, there may be rules about leash walking and cleaning up after your pet, both inside the apartment and on the property.

5. Noise and Disturbance: Tenants are generally expected to ensure their pets do not cause excessive noise or disturb neighbors.

6. Additional Terms in the Lease: Some leases may have specific pet-related clauses, such as responsibilities for damages or liabilities.

7. Pet-Friendly Buildings: There are also rental buildings in Japan that are specifically designed to accommodate pets, with facilities like dog runs or pet grooming areas.

8. Penalties for Violation: Violating pet rules can result in various consequences, including fines, termination of the lease, or eviction. As a pet owner myself, I think it is very important to read and understand your rental agreement thoroughly, and if you have any questions or concerns about the pet policy, discuss them with your landlord or property management before bringing a pet into your rental unit.

Best of luck in finding the best apartment for you and your furry friend! M. DELA CRUZ

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