When you first search for a room in Japan, you might not know where to start off and lots of things are hard to understand.
It may be even confusing, particularly if you are looking for rent in central Tokyo. They have a wide range of prices and rooms types. So while looking at a lot of rooms, it’s likely that you can’t decide on one, and as you are searching, your initial criteria may start to change.
In addition, specially in the busy season which is between January and March, there are many cases that the available house is quickly taken by someone else within a day, so it is necessary to be careful and decisive with your actions during this season.
Since there are many customs such as “security deposit” and “key money”, which can be unique to Japanese culture, I would like to introduce the most important things when seeking an apartment.
Important Points for house hunting
Watch out for the ads. Property flyers contains a lot of important information. Make sure you understand all the details.
★ Be careful on the date you plan to move in
The possible move-in date might be a few months ahead.
★There are two types of rent types: “normal” and “fix-term”.
In the case of fix-term rent, you cannot renew the contract.
Other than rent and management fees, various expenses may be included.
Some properties do not accept pets, musical instruments or small children. Check the conditions in advance.