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7. 住居 (英語)

7 Housing

In Japan, there are three types of housing: (1) private rental housing, (2) publicly subsidized housing and (3) privately owned housing. In the case of private rental housing and publicly subsidized housing, it is important to keep in mind that you cannot live with someone that is not your family without obtaining permission from the landlord. For this reason, if you expect to live in a friend’s house temporarily immediately after your arrival in Japan, it is necessary to find your own place as early as possible.

If you decide to rent an apartment in Japan, it is important to acquaint yourself with the customs and terms of Japan’s rental system which include shikikin, reikin, koushin-ryo, etc. (explained below). Check with a real estate agent.

(1) Private Rental Housing

If you decide to rent private rental housing, consult a real estate agent. It is important to know what you are looking for in terms of rent, size and other conditions. Note that typically you will need money equivalent to five to six months’ rent to enter into a lease contract.

1. How to Look for a House/Apartment

Visit a real estate agent in the neighborhood to which you are planning to move. Tell them what kind of place you are looking for, such as in terms of rent, size and proximity to the station so they can find you a place.

2. How to Rent a Place

You will enter into a contract when renting a house or an apartment. This contract is called a lease contract. The term of the contract is generally two years. The following documents and fees are required for the contract. 

Documents required for the contract Fees required for the contract
1. Resident Card

2. Certificate of earnings
3. Joint Surety (Guarantor) or covenant
4. Personal Seal Registration, etc.

1. First two months’ rent

2. Shikikin (security deposit)
3. Reikin (key money)
4. Chuukai Tesuu-ryo (Agent fee), etc.

3. What to Keep in Mind When Renting

 Keep in mind that you cannot renovate or remodel the place or let someone other than your family move in with you without obtaining the permission from the landlord. Needless to say, you are not allowed to sublease the whole or any part of the place.

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(2) Publicly Subsidized Housing

 Public housing consists of housing offered by local public entities (such as prefectures and municipalities) and public-service corporations (such as Urban Renaissance Agency that manages UR rental housing). Both will require specific conditions for foreign tenants such as being registered as a resident and satisfying certain income standards. For more information, contact the local municipality or the Urban Renaissance Agency that manages the public housing in which you are interested.

【Prefectural Public Housing】
Ken-chu Public Works Office TEL 024-935-1518
E-mail: taihei-kentyu@ked.biglobe.ne.jp

【Municipal Public Housing】
Housing Division, Koriyama City Hall TEL 024-924-2631 
E-mail: juutaku@city.koriyama.fukushima.jp

(3) Applying for Electricity, Gas and Water

 After you have found a new place and entered into a lease contract, you will need to connect utilities so you can get situated. Make sure you apply for electricity, gas and water before you move in. Procedures may vary depending on the area. The general guideline is as follows.

  Electricity Gas Water
Who to contact? Local electricity company Local gas company Customer Service Division, Water Works Bureau
What to do? Switch the circuit breaker on to turn on the electricity. Take the postcard attached to the breaker, fill out the information such as your name, address and date of service connection and mail it out as soon as possible. If you cannot find the postcard, you will need to contact the electric company directly. Call the gas company to set up a date and time to open the gas valve to activate the service.  

Contact Customer Service Section of Koriyama City Waterworks Bureau and request a service personnel to visit you when you want to start using tap water.
TEL 024-932-7641

Note   If a gas cooktop which is necessary for cooking is not provided, you need to buy a gas cooktop before a service personnel of a gas company visits you for gas service installation. You have to confirm the type of gas, i.e., “utility gas” or “propane gas” before you purchase a gas cooktop. When you go look at the place or when you enter into a contract, ask the real estate agent or the landlord whether you will have access to water right away.

 

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