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16. アパートを探す

16. アパートを探す

Update: 2022-02-26


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Hi, This is the podcast episode 16. It has been getting warmer and warmer in Osaka this week. The forecast for next week is for a high of over 10 degrees Celsius. I’m from Tokyo, and the weather in Osaka is much nicer than in Tokyo. It is sunny most days. I hope spring will come soon because the cold weather will make our electricity bill higher.


It's almost spring, so many people are moving out these days. In Japan, March-April is the season for schools and companies to start, and it's because students and those who just graduated school and became working adults start living alone. In my classes, I often talk about moving with my students. It's interesting because the system and process of moving differs from country to country.


When you rent a house in Japan, you almost always sign a contract with a real estate agent. The first thing to do is to look at the real estate agent's website and find a room that fits your needs. You will find the size of the room, the distance from the station, and the age of the building. “Chikunensuu” (the age of the building) refers to how old the building is. An apartment built one year ago is said to be “Chiku 1nen” (1 year old building). In Japan, newer apartments are more popular, so newer apartments are more expensive. A house that has been built for less than a year and no one is living in it yet is called “Shinchiku” (newly built).


Then, contact the real estate agent. “Toiawase” (inquiring) means contacting service providers and confirming the information. After confirming the information, go with the real estate agent to take a look at the room. “Naiken” (an inspection) is when you actually go to see the room. Inquiries and previews are free of charge. Finally, at the real estate agent's office, sign the contract, pay the money, and you are done. At this time, you need to pay the agency fee, deposit, and key money. “Chukaihi” (the middleman fee) is the money you pay to the real estate agent, and “Shikikin and Reikin” (the deposit and key money) are like a deposit you pay to the owner.


Well, I think that’s it for today. See you next time and thanks for listening!

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16. アパートを探す

16. アパートを探す