In order to rent an apartment in Japan, you must:
- Be a residant, either permanent or limited time (minimum 1 year).
- Justify your income, the income of a guarantor or the income of your housing contractor.
Renting a property in Japan as both a foreigner and a Japanese national can be tedious. Gaisapp is committed to helping you through this process. If you don't think you meet the requirements, contact us anyway and we will try to find a solution for you. Each case is different and we come up with solutions for our clients needs on an individual basis. It is recommended that you take into account that the additional fees required to rent a property in Japan will come to about 3 months of rent. If you plan on stayingg in Japan for less than a year, it is recommended that you turn to alternative options than renting, such as a share house. This would be more suitable for shorter stays.
It is difficult to rent an apartment in Japan without a work visa or a permanent visa, or at least some form of evidence that states you will be staying in Japan for at least 1 year. If you plan on coming here as a tourist, you cannot rent a property. If, however, you are in Japan frequently or plan on relocating here and would like to prepare for your arrival, Gaisapp can make the rental agreement under our company and sub-let you the property at its regular rate plus our management fees.
This option is only recommended in specific cases, such as:
- Entrepreneurs who want to settle in Japan
- People with very frequent trips to Japan who want a pied-à-terre
It is very rare for a guarantor to not be required in order to rent a property, not just for foreigners but also to Japanese nationals. Some agencys will accept a rent insurance company (保証会社 - hoshougaisha) in the place of a guarantor. The guarantor reassures the landlord when they rent their property, and will preferably be of Japanese nationality. If you do not have a guarantor, Gaisapp can assist you with this.
This depends on the landlord. The landlord is more likely to accept someone as your guarantor if they are fluent in Japanese/have lived in Japan for several years. Gaisapp is also able to be your guarantor.
To begin your lease, the following papers will be required:
- Copy of residence certificate
- Possibility of other documents for foreign residents (Resident Card / My Number...)
- Employment contract or promise of employment (if you have not yet arrived in Japan)
- Certificate of Student Status (if student visa)
- Certificate of income (last Japanese tax sheet (確定申告書 - kakutei shinkokusho), or last 3 payslips (給与明細書 - kyuuyo meisaisho))
- Certificate of professional work (in case of professional qualification such as: doctor, hairdresser, etc.)
A guarantor is required, as well as a Japanese speaking emergency contact (it’s often necessary that the emergency contact is also of Japanese nationality). If a guarantor cannot be found, Gaisapp will be able to act as your guarantor.
After confirming that you would like to rent the property, Gaisapp will call the real estate agency and send them the paper work required to apply. The agency will review the application. Allow up to 5 working days for an approval. Once the request has been approved, the date/time to collect the contract will be determained as well as the date of payment for the moving expenses. When signing the contract, a sworn real estate agent will read the important points to you and you will confirm that you understand the agreement. The contractor will then sign the contract.
Once you have signed the contract and moved into your new home, you must notify the city hall in your district of your change of address. For example, if your new apartment is in the Takadanobaba district you will need to go to Shinjuku City Hall or its Takadanobaba Annex to register your new address. Gaisapp can do this on your behalf or accompany you through the process so that you may see how it is done.
Yes. The majority of leases are for 2 years, however it is possible to break your contract before the end date. It is usually necessary to inform the management company one to two months in advance (refer to your contract). However, you can leave the apartment at any time as long as you pay the extra months of rent. It would be ideal if you can anticipate your departure date, that way you will lose the least amount of money.
You may be required to pay an additional fee in order to terminate the contract prior to its end date. You can find this information in the terms outlined in your contract.
As a minor it is not possiblee to rent a property by yourself. If you are a student, you need to have either an adult representing you or you can use a company like Gaisapp. If these are not options you would like to consider, we recommend that you stay in a gueshouse/sharehouse or do a family stay.
Gaisapp is unable to sublet a property to a minor under the age of 18.