Living in Japan

GaijinPot Housing Service

A stress-free rental housing service in English for foreigners looking for an apartment in Japan. Bilingual support, credit card payment, and no guarantor required. We make it easy to rent your home in Japan!

1 Why apply for an apartment through the GaijinPot Housing Service?

Foreigner-Friendly Properties

  • You will have access to apartments not previously available to non-Japanese tenants. This is because you will be sub-leasing the apartment from the GaijinPot Housing Service. We have already received permission from the owners of these units to sub-lease them to non-Japanese, so your nationality will never be a factor in whether your application is accepted or rejected.

No Guarantor Required

  • You do not have to have a guarantor or use a guarantor company. Almost all landlords and property managers in Japan require tenants to name a guarantor or a guarantor company to vouch for you when you are renting an apartment. For many newcomers to Japan (and even many long-timers) it can be difficult to find a qualified guarantor.
  • Guarantor companies usually charge a one-time fee of 80% to 100% of your total monthly rent (stated rent + maintenance fee + parking fee) to guarantee you as a tenant. However, when you rent an apartment through the Housing Service we will not ask you for a guarantor, so this is not an extra cost you have to worry about. Our one-time Housing Service Registration Fee is 50% of the total monthly rent plus tax (Minimum registration fee of ¥30,000).

Pay Your Rent with a Credit Card

  • With the GaijinPot Housing Service, you can pay all your initial move-in costs and your monthly rent with any VISA, MasterCard, American Express or JCB credit card issued in Japan or overseas. Your rent will automatically be charged every month on your registered credit card.

English Support

  • Bilingual Support During the Room View. We will provide you with bilingual phone support during your room view. Ask and answer any questions you have about the apartment in English, and we will interpret for you!
  • All Contracts in English. You do not have to be able to read or write Japanese to rent an apartment through the Housing Service. All the documents and contracts will be in English.
  • Bilingual support until you move out. Included in the GaijinPot Housing Service is our Bilingual Billy concierge service. We will provide phone- and/or email-based support for any apartment-related issues that may come up while you are renting the apartment. For example, if your kitchen drain gets clogged or your A/C stops running, we will deal with setting up the appointments with the repair person who will come to your home.

Complimentary Renters Insurance

  • Comprehensive renters insurance is included in the service. When you rent your apartment through the GaijinPot Housing Service, you will automatically be enrolled in the AIU Living Support Insurance. Generally, renters insurance costs about ¥15,000 for a two-year term.

2 Who is eligible to apply?

You are welcome to apply for an apartment through the GaijinPot Housing Service if you:

  • Are an English speaker.
  • Have a long-term visa, such as a working, student, working  holiday, or permanent resident (PR) visa. We are unable to accept tourist visas.
  • Will stay in the apartment for at least 6 months.

3 How do I apply for an apartment through the GaijinPot Housing Service?

When can I submit an application?

Before we explain the application process, just a short word about when you can submit an application. We, at the GaijinPot Housing Service, love people who plan ahead and kudos to you if you are beginning your apartment search well before you want to move in!

Unfortunately, however, the earliest you can inquire on a property is 4 to 5 weeks prior to your desired move-in date. If you submit your application before this time, we will not be able to process it. Thank you for your understanding on this!

Application Process

This is a summary of the application process. For details, please see this page: GaijinPot Housing Service Application Procedure.

1. Search for an Apartment

  1. Search for eligible GaijinPot Housing Service properties here: GaijinPot Housing Service Apartments.
  2. Pick ONE apartment that you are interested in applying for and fill out the short (name, email address, phone number) inquiry form. It will also speed up your application if in the message field, you tell us about your moving needs. For example, what is your desired move-in date and how many  tenants there will be.
  3. We recommend you start looking for an apartment 4 to 5 weeks before you want to move in.

2. View the Apartment

If you meet the initial eligibility requirements, we will arrange an appointment for you to view the property with the listing agent or the property manager.

3. Apply

Submit your application details and required documents using our secure online system.

We will do a background check based on the details and documents you submit.

If your application is approved, you can move on to payment.

For details on the application process, please see: GaijinPot Housing Service Application Procedure

4. Pay

We will calculate your initial move-in costs and send you email with a link to a secure payment page.

You must complete payment 6 days before your  lease start date (by 3PM).

You can pay by credit card, debit card or domestic wire transfer.

If you pay with a credit card, the initial registration fee is equal to 50% of your Total Monthly Rent (+ 8% consumption tax), with a minimum fee of ¥30,000.

We accept any VISA, Mastercard, American Express or JCB credit card issued in Japan or overseas.

If you pay with a debit card or by domestic wire transfer, the initial registration fee is equal to 100% of your Total Monthly Rent (+ 8% consumption tax), with a minimum fee of ¥40,000.

We are unable to accept international wire transfers for the Housing Service. Thank you for your understanding on this. 

For a detailed explanation of the fees associated with the GPM Housing Service, please see:GaijinPot Housing Service Fees.

5. Sign the lease

  1. You can sign the lease in-person at our office in Higashi Azabu near Tokyo Tower. Alternatively, we can email you a PDF which you can print out, sign, and return to us. If you don’t have access to a printer, we can mail you a hard copy of the lease to sign and return.
  2. Everything will be in English. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
  3. Get your keys and move in!

For details, please see this page: GaijinPot Housing Service Application Procedure.

4 How long does the application process take? How soon can I move in?

From the time you submit an application (“Step 3. Apply” above), it usually takes at least ten business days before you can expect to actually sign the lease. You will receive your keys immediately after you sign your lease.

We recommend you give yourself plenty of time to look for and apply to an apartment.

5 Will I be leasing my apartment through GPlus Media? Will GPlus Media be my landlord?

You will be sub-leasing your apartment through the GaijinPot Housing Service.

GPlus Media will lease the apartment under a corporate contract with the owner or property manager and then sub-lease it to you.

We have already received permission from the owners of these properties to sub-lease them to non-Japanese tenants, so your nationality will never be a factor in whether your application is approved or rejected.

 

6 What are the fees associated with renting an apartment through the GaijinPot Housing Service?

There are three main fees: a Registration Fee, Contract Processing Fee, and Monthly Subscription Fee. There are also additional fees that may apply.

For a detailed explanation of fees, please visit: GaijinPot Housing Service Fees.

7 Will I have to pay a security deposit and/or key money?

This depends on the property, but almost all the properties offered by the GaijinPot Housing Service require a security deposit, and some properties also require payment of key money.

You can use the search filters on the GaijinPot Housing Service Listing Pages to find properties that match your requirements.

8 How do I pay my rent and monthly service fees?

Credit Card Payment

If you chose to pay the Housing Service registration fee with a credit card, you must continue to pay your rent and monthly fees with a credit card. You may not switch to another payment method (debit card or wire transfer).

We accept any VISA, MasterCard, American Express or JCB credit card issued in Japan or overseas.

Your monthly rent and monthly service fees will be automatically charged once you register your card on our secure online payment system.

Debit Card or Domestic Wire Transfer

If you chose to pay the Housing Service registration fee with a debit card or by wire transfer, you must continue to pay your rent and monthly fees using the same method. You may not switch to using a credit card.

The registration fee and monthly service fees for payment by debit card or wire transfer are higher than for credit card payment. For details, please see: GaijinPot Housing Service Fees

We are unable to accept international wire transfers for the Housing Service. Thank you for your understanding on this.

9 Why is your service called the GaijijnPot Housing Service? Isn't your company Real Estate Japan?

The GPM Housing Service is brought to you by a partnership between GPlus Media Co., Ltd., which owns GaijinPot, and Real Estate Japan Inc.

 

10 Is the GaijinPot Housing Service a brokerage service?

No, the GaijinPot Housing Service is not a brokerage service. We do not broker deals or contracts between property owners and tenants.

The GaijinPot Housing Service is a comprehensive rental housing support service for foreigners who want to rent long-term housing in Japan. The goal of our service to take the stress out of all the things that can make it so difficult to rent a home here as a foreigner.