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Finding an Apartment in Japan

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Published on 01.27.2017 This video is about two Japanese lifestyle bloggers moving with their beloved cat! Getting a new apartment is pricey, so make sure to figure that into your budget! The site they used is called suumo.jp.
If you’re trying to get an apartment on your own then you probably at least need to be able to understand enough to use this website, maybe. How you can use it is -- search by area, and you can select prefectures, and then any or all the cities inside that prefecture. This opens up a page with a bunch of apartments for rent in that city. You can adjust your search for specific requirements on the side, like minimum and maximum price. Apartments inside big cities will obviously be more expensive and smaller than apartments outside the city, whereas apartments in more rural areas will usually be a lot cheaper.
They picked a reasonably priced apartment at 61,000 yen a month, or about $610. There was also a room on the first floor a little cheaper at $580 a month. Top floors can often be more expensive because they have better views and they’re less noisy.
In Japan, all apartments go through a middle man, which is a real estate office. You can’t just contact the owner unless you know the owner. They will even drive you to the apartment you like so you can look at it, too. It typically costs one month’s worth of rent, maybe a little bit more, that you have to pay to the real estate office for their “help.”
There are a decent number of apartment owners who will not rent to foreigners at all. They have reasons for this like the language barrier, or they’ve had foreign tenants in the past who caused problems, or like they left the country without paying all of their rent, or messing up the apartments and stuff. Very frequently if you want to own a pet, you have to pay additional key money or security deposits.
Find out more in this informative video!

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