For many new arrivals to Japan, getting an apartment is an exercise in frustration as you deal with Japanese bureaucratic red tape. There's a large number of reasons why renting as a foreigner in Japan is so difficult but in this podcast I will give you some of my tips to try and make the process a little easier.
Some of the things to keep in mind before you start are:
1. Be prepared to pay a lot of fees!
The Japanese love their fees and landlords are no exception. On average you can expect to pay the equivalent for four to six months rent for your initial move in fees.
2. Some landlords won't rent to foreigners.
It's Japan, deal with it and move on. Check out Real Estate Japan for foreigner friendly agents.
3. Don't underestimate how nice it is to live close to the station.
The difference between a three minute and a seven minute walk might not sound like much but in the peak of the Japanese summer it will be a huge difference.
4. Can you handle the rush hour?
Before you sign all your paperwork, take the train nearest to your home during peak rush hour. Some lines are worse than others and nothing is more demoralizing than having to deal with Japanese rush hour everyday.
5. Get all your paperwork ready.
The only thing the Japanese love more than fees is paperwork. Make sure you have all your necessary documents ready before applying for your new apartment. If you're not sure what you need ask your real estate agent.
Read the full article at: https://tokyo-podcast.com/season-two/renting-apartment-tokyo/© Anthony Joh