「住宅事情Guide to renting in Japan」-Flow of finding a rental property in Japan

1.Visiting the real estate agent

Inquire at the real estate agent about your preferred search conditions,  and then visit any possible matches.

Inspection Considerations

  • 間取り(まどり)

Floor plan of the house (kitchen size, number of rooms, etc.)

  • 周辺環境 (しゅうへんかんきょう)

Surrounding area (public transport, supermarkets, convenience stores, hospitals, etc.)

  • 構造 (こうぞう)

Building construction (wood, steel, reinforced concrete, steel-framed reinforced concrete, etc.)

  • 日当たり (ひあたり)

Sunlight exposure (direction of the property, sun-filled or not, etc.)

  • 収納スペース  (しゅうのうすぺーす)

Storage space

  • 室内外の設備 (しつないがい の せつび)

Property layout (space for washing machine, air conditioner, furniture, etc.)

  • 携帯電話の電波状況 (けいたいでんわ の でんぱじょうきょう)

Cell phone reception (check for reception inside the property, etc.)

  1. Signing a lease

  2. Moving in

  • Inspect the property
  • Set up electricity, gas, and water services
  • Situate household appliances such as refrigerator, etc
  • Emergency and disaster preparedness

    -Earthquake, fires, etc

    -Power outages, gas leaks, water leaks, etc.

  1. Guidance during your stay

  • Paying rent and maintenance fees
  • Property usage guidelines
  • Etiquette and general guidelines for daily life, etc.
  1. When the lease ends

  • Restoration the room to original state
  • Cancel the contract of electricity, gas, and water services, etc.


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