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HOUSING 家探し

Q. How should I find a place
to live?

A.Search for vacant rooms in rental condominiums and apartments on real estate information websites. If you find a room you like, contact the real estate company using the contact information provided on the website. You will be given a tour of the room, sign a contract with the landlord, then move in. Depending on the room, you may not be able to move in for one or two months, so be sure to confirm the move-in date when talking to the real estate agent at the enquiry stage. Some real estate companies are able to provide foreign-language support.

Types of housing

Share house

A single house in which multiple people can live. The initial cost to move in is inexpensive and many share houses are furnished with home appliances and furniture!

Share houses generally consist of a single entrance, shared facilities such as the kitchen, living room, toilet and bath/shower, and individual bedrooms for each occupant. They are increasingly popular with singles in their 20's and 30's, and persons living on their own for the first time. You will have many opportunities to interact with the other occupants of the house, so you will be need to be considerate, but it should be a good chance to make new friends in Tokyo.

Monthly rent: Approx. 30,000 - 70,000 yen

Initial expenses

Example)
Mr. A, living in the city center
Rent 55,000 yen
Common service
expenses
10,000 yen
Deposit 30,000 yen
Total 95,000 yen
Rental housing

Rooms rented in condominiums and apartments, etc.
You can have a space of your own! You can also live with family and friends.

A room consisting of a separate toilet, shower/bath, kitchen and bedroom is referred to as a 1K. In a 1DK room, the kitchen is larger and combined into a dining room. In a 1LDK room, there is a separate living room in addition to the kitchen/dining room. Generally, rental rooms are unfurnished, but can sometimes come with a cooking stove, refrigerator and air conditioning. Rent gets cheaper the farther the room is from the city center and train stations, and bigger rooms on higher floors are more expensive.

Monthly rent [For a 1K room]:
Approx. 50,000 - 90,000 yen

You will require the following
when signing the lease agreement

Deposit

Equivalent to 1-3 months' of rent. The deposit is kept for security and returned to you after moving out, minus repair and cleaning costs.

Key money

Equivalent to 0-2 months' of rent. This money is paid to thank the landlord. It is a unique Japanese custom.

Brokerage
fee

Equivalent to 0-1 months' of rent. A fee paid to the real estate company.

Insurance
premiums

10,000 - 20,000 yen, to insure the room against disaster such as fire, etc.

Guarantor

A person liable for paying the rent on your behalf if you are unable to pay the rent. Concluding a lease guarantee agreement with a company that provides guarantor services is also an option if there is nobody you can ask to act as your guarantor.

Initial expenses

Example) Mr. B, living in the suburbs
Rent 75,000 yen
Common service
expenses
5,000 yen
Deposit 75,000 yen
Key money 75,000 yen
Brokerage fee 75,000 yen
Guarantor fee 60,000 yen
Total 365,000 yen
1K ROOM

Taiwan,
32, service industry

When I first came to Tokyo, I lived in a share house for one year. I then wanted my own rental room with a loft, so I searched real estate companies on the Internet. There was a Taiwanese staff member working at the Japanese real estate company, so I was able to complete the necessary procedures smoothly and sign a contract. I'm really happy to be able to have my own room in Tokyo!

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