This is about renting a house in Japan.
|家賃||Rent||Often two months rent in advance is required initially.|
|敷金||Security deposit||A security deposit used to make up for lack of rent payments or damages when moving out. This is usually around the cost of 1-2 months rent. (Check your contract to see if you will receive this deposit back when you move out)|
|礼金／権利金||Key money/rights money||A mysterious sum of money that even Japanese people do not know why they are required to pay. Usually around the amount for 1-2 months rent.|
|仲介手数料||Brokerage fee||Money paid when a real estate company intervenes. Usually around the amount for one month of rent.|
|家財保険料||Household insurance premiums||Often you have to form a contract yourself between you and the insurance company. The amount is usually around 20,000 yen for 2 years.|
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Procedure (Method, Place, What You Need)
What you will need:
Residence Card/Gaijin Card/ Zairyu card
Certificate of employment etc.
Procedures for utility installation:
- Electricity: Contact the electric power company, or there are often postcards in the room to start using, so write down and send it.
- Gas: Check with the real estate company or the landlord for the gas company under your jurisdiction and contact them.
*You need to be there in person when they open up the account for gas and deliver the first tanks.
- Kerosene: Check with the real estate company or landlord for the kerosene delivery company under your jurisdiction, and contact them to set up an account and then to come regularly.
- Water supply: Notify the municipal office of your address to start using the water at the property.
- Internet: If you do not have wifi service available already, contact a provider and get it set up.
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When you move in
You may be charged an unexpected fee for repairs when you move out.
It is recommended to take pictures of the room when moving in as proof, especially if you notice anything already damaged.
In the guidelines that the government issues, it will explain the damage of what the borrower (renter of the property, you) has a responsibility for and the damage that the borrower does not have responsibility for, such as degradation over time.
Borrower's responsibility: (Damages you will need to pay to have repaired)
- Scratches caused by moving work
- Intentional damage such as graffiti
- Tobacco and other tars leaving strong smells
- Nail holes and screw holes on walls, etc.
- Smell and/or scratches on pillars caused by pets
Not the borrower's responsibility: (Damages the owner of the property will be required to cover)
- Dents and installation marks on carpet and floor due to furniture installation
- Flooring waxing
- Darkening of the rear wall of TVs, refrigerators, etc.
- Discoloration of cloth (due to natural phenomena such as sunshine)
- Screw holes and traces on the wall due to the installation of an air conditioner (owned by the lessee)