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Private rental housing

◆ Finding a Home
  Housing can be located through real estate magazines or with the help of a real estate agent.

◆ Fees and Contracts
  Contracts generally are for two years. A guarantor is required when signing and/or stamping it with their name seal.
The guarantor may be asked to provide a personal seal certificate.

1.  Rent:Normally paid 1 month in advance.
2.  Key Money:
Non-refundable bond paid to the landlord after signing the contract, and is usually equivalent to 1 or 2 months rent.
3.  Security Deposit:
This money is held by the landlord while you are renting the accommodation. it is refundable when you move, as long as you have met all rent payments and have not damaged the accommodation. It is normally equivalent to 1 to 2 months rent.
4.  Real Estate Agent's Fee:
Non-refundable real estate agent's commission, usually equivalent to 1 month's rent.
5.  Maintenance and Management Fees:
For common services, such as lighting in stairways and corridors, separate from the rent.
6.  Insurance Premiums:
Obligatory property insurance premiums, which, if required, you must pay when you sign the contract. Some policies cover fire and flood damage as well.

◆ Furnishings
  Japanese apartments, especially new accommodation, are usually unfurnished. Tenants are responsible for supplying light fixtures, cooking appliances, heating/cooling systems, curtains, and sometimes, kitchen water heaters.

◆ Room Classification
  The system of classifying rooms and house sizes is different in Japan, but very simple and convenient. A standard house description could look like this: "2LDK" where each letter refers o a room. "L" refers to a living room, "D" to a dining area, and "K" to a kitchen area. The first numeral refers to the number of rooms the house has over and 2 rooms plus a kitchen, a living room and a dining area.

◆ Room Sizes
  In Japan, room sizes are expressed by the number of tatami mats. One tatami mat measures 1.8 x 0.9m (5'10" x 2'11").

◆ Important Points
1.  Examine lease terms, especially in regard to the fees required, before signing the contract.
2.  Check with the landlord before re-decorating or making structural changes.
3.  If you leave your apartment unoccupied for a long period of time, for instance if you go on a vacation, be sure to notify your landlord, custodian and neighbors.
4.  If you want to move out before you contract expires, notify your landlord one month in advance. If you move out without proper notification, you may be charged one month's rent.

Public housing

◆ City-provided housing
  There are about 5500 city-provided apartments in Maebashi. However, since there are many applicants who wish to move into the housing, you usually have to wait before you can start living in it. Applications are accepted at any time at the city office. The city office will notify the applicant who is the first one on the waiting list when there is a vacancy. Sometime, applicants have to wait for 1-2 years to move in.

Tenants Qualification:
1.  Those who reside or work in Maebashi City.
2.  Those who doesn’t have real estate and who doesn’t live in the city-provided apartment now.
3.  Those who will live with their relatives (including their fiances) when they move in.
4.  Those who are 50 years old or over if they plan to live alone. They can apply for only the limited housing complexes.
5.  Those who pay the resident tax
6.  Those whose incomes are smaller than the standard amount set up by the city.
7.  Those who can find a joint surety in Gunma prefecture.
8.  Those who can pay the rent for 3 months in advance as a security deposit (Shiki-kin).

Required Items:
1.  Move-In Application Form (You can download at the website of Maebashi City).
2.  Health Insurance Cards of all tenants.
3.  Other documents such as Alien Registration Card, Proof of Earned Income and Certificate of Resident Tax Payment are required depending on applicants’ circumstances.

Where to Apply:
Building and Housing Department (Kenchiku-Jutaku Ka), 8th Floor,
Maebashi City Office
Phone:027 (898) 6833

◆ Prefectural Housing
  Tenants’ qualification and required items for moving in the prefectural housing differ from that of the city-provided housing. Inquire Gunma Housing Supply Corporation for details.

Where to Apply:
Gunma Housing Supply Corporation
Jutaku Kosha Bldg. 2nd Floor,
1-7-12 Koun-cho, Maebashi 〒371-0025
Phone:027 (224) 1881
Gunma Housing Supply Corporation


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