Ever wondered what happens to a residence where people are killed? Real estate agents affirm that there are not too many people who are willing to move into a place where a murder has taken place. However, there are some people who don't mind and even seek out such places, expecting to get them for low rent.
Earlier this year, a grisly murder took place in a Tokyo apartment. But a new resident soon moved in. A neighbor says, “The owner quickly found a tenant, a young woman. I often hear her playing music. I guess she got it very cheaply even though the owner made extensive renovations after the murder. Neighbors often talk about it.”
A real estate agent says, “The location and facility are great. The original rent was about 200,000 yen a month. Although we thought we'd have to halve the rent to find a new tenant, we only had to go down by 50,000 yen. It didn't take long to find a tenant, just a month.”
The new resident refused to talk to Shukan Post about her reasons for choosing the apartment.
“Women tend to choose such apartments. Men, rather than women, tend to be superstitious and think the place will be haunted by the victim or something,” says a real estate company owner. “Since there are more high-rise apartments recently, we have more death-leap cases. But some people don't care about that. Rather, they try to negotiate the rent, referring to these cases. They exchange information on the availability of such places and what the rent is likely to be with each other online. The range of discounts varies, but typically it's 20% off.”
Real estate agents are legally obliged to disclose information on whether there was a murder or suicide in any residence they are trying to rent. "Even if we didn't, neighbors would certainly tell new residents any gruesome details," said one real estate agent. (Translated by Taro Fujimoto)© Japan Today