Real estate investing like any investment vehicle comes with risks. These risks can be difficult to control for beginners on their own. Things such as rent not being paid, tenants damaging property, items in the house breaking down and needing to be repaired and other issues that can cause landlord’s headaches. In Japanese properties, these issues are often absent.
- Japanese Tenants generally stay for several years allowing a steady source of rental income.
- Tenants usually are very reliable in paying their rent on time.
- Tenants are respectful to rental properties making sure the properties are kept clean and tidy. On vacating properties Japanese tenants will make sure the property is left the same as when they moved in
- By western standards, Japanese units/houses tend to be very basic accommodation. Tenants are required to purchase all white goods and furniture themselves. This even includes ceiling light fittings and fans
- Little protection for the tenant at the end of the lease period.
- At the beginning of a rental
periodthe tenant must pay on average a deposit of 2 months rent. Deposits usually are non-negotiable as they are a refundable expense that is meant to cover any damages done to the apartment outside normal wear-and-tear
- Another payment a tenant must make is called ‘Key money’ and is a throwback from the end of World War 2 when the country was rebuilding. It was a gift to the owner for allowing the tenants to live in the owner’s apartment. Although the building has long since been completed, the `key money’ payment still exists and usually is around 2 months rent
- Other fees charged to tenants include cleaning fees and renewal fees.
With the help of Japan Property Investments the process of owning real estate and managing tenants can be even easier. Contact us to show you how.