Renting an apartment in Fukuoka Japan

Having decided that the best option for long term accommodation in Fukuoka was to rent an apartment, I began attempting to sort out what I wanted in an apartment, and trying to decipher the Japanese. Being able to understand Japanese, or having a friend that can help you out is a big help.

The options are:
– Rent a long term apartment (usually a minimum of a year contract)
– Rent a short term apartment (usually a minimum of a week or a month)

Renting a long term apartment
Renting is an expensive business in Japan. Besides the monthly cost of renting, when you first sign the contract, you must also pay:
– Key Money (reikin, usually equivalent to one or two months rent, non-refundable)
– Security Deposit (shikikin, usually equivalent to one or two months rent, said to be refundable, but more often than not, this doesn’t happen)
– Finders Fee (if you used an agent to find the apartment, usually equivalent to one or two months rent, non-refundable)

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