The simple procedure for Japanese shared houses to contract

Have you already found shared houses you’re interested in? If not yet, you’d better see the last post at first to meet the best ones easily for your ideal.

Looking for residences in new places we don’t know well makes us uneasy and troublesome, so I’d like to tell you the easy procedure for Japanese shared houses through my experience for the little help.


After only 3 steps, you will be a resident of shared houses

The procedure of contract to live in shared houses mainly needs 3 steps which is quite easy for even international people. Although understanding Japanese language a little is preferable, real estates which manage shared houses are always ready to cope with people who are not familiar with Japan yet.

1, Find shared houses in your conditions

When looking for shared houses on the internet, you should consider if the website is available for your language or not at first. As far as I roughly investigated, almost 70% of these websites had a multilingual support. Not only the rent and location, but also gender and age are important as conditions of your shared houses.

2, Make appointments for the viewings by email

No worries if you don’t speak Japanese well because email is general way to make appointments for viewing. The point of viewing is to ask even small questions as much as possible at the place, and take notes or record the exchange.

3, Visit the real estate with documents to contract

In my case, my real estate asked me to bring the first rent with administrative expenses, identification, and my name seal. The tiny seal called Hanko in Japanese is one of our traditions to sign officially at any situations. As soon as they confirmed everything to contract, they gave me the keys to move in the next few days.

Could you grasp about the procedure of Japanese shared houses? I think that having a decision to live in shared houses is smart choice to enjoy Japanese life for especially international people, and hope you guys could learn Japanese tradition, hospitality, and so on while staying.