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Top 5 Reasons Rental Applications Are Rejected by Landlords in Japan

In this article, we discuss the main reasons why landlords in Japan reject applications from potential tenants. And how you can improve your chances of getting the apartment you want. #1 If you’re a foreigner….housing discrimination Let’s deal with this... More

LeoPalace21 Admits to Insufficient Fireproofing in Another 1,300+ Buildings, 7,700 Tenants Urged to Move

In a new scandal, LeoPalace21, the operator of over 30,000 budget apartment units across Japan, announced on February 7th that it has confirmed construction failures in walls and ceilings of 1,324 apartment buildings it operates in 33 prefectures. This admission... More

Word of the Day - January 24, 2018

What is a 1LDK Apartment? – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

1LDK A 1LDK is an apartment with one room in addition to a living, dining and kitchen area. L stands for “Living”, D stands for “Dining”, K stands for Kitchen”. The number 1 indicates that there is one room in... More

Word of the Day - January 17, 2019

Genjyou Kaifuku – 原状回復 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Genjyou Kaifuku 原状回復 English definition: Restoration to original condition In Japan, this is the basic standard that landlords hold properties to when a tenant vacates a property. By law, the lessee (tenant) is financially responsible for restoring the property to... More

Word of the Day - January 16, 2019

Koushin-ryou – 更新料 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Koushin-ryou 更新料 English definition: Renewal fee for a lease. In Japan, a lease renewal fee is sometimes included in a rental contract. This obligates the tenant to pay a fee in order to extend (renew) the leasing agreement. Regular leases in Japan... More

Word of the Day - January 13, 2018

SRC or Tekkotsu Tekkin Konkurīto – 鉄骨鉄筋コンクリート – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Tekkotsu Tekkin Konkurīto or SRC 鉄骨鉄筋コンクリート English definition: Steel Reinforced Concrete. This is considered the building material with the highest earthquake resistance. Often referred to in Japanese as “SRC”. SRC is concrete in which steel is embedded in such a... More

Word of the Day - January 12, 2019

Futsu Keiyaku – 普通契約 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

FUTSU KEIYAKU 普通契約 English definition: Regular lease. In Japan, the standard lease for a rental apartment has a two-year lease term. At the end of each lease term, the tenant has the right to renew a regular lease for another... More