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Japan’s short-stay law to be delayed 6 months

Those hoping to rent out their home legally on a short-term basis in Japan may have to wait a little longer as the government has delayed the de-regulation of the home sharing market until June 2018. According to the Japan Tourism Agency, the reason for the delay is to allow more time for local governments to…

32 million Yen lawsuit filed against illegal Airbnb hosts in Osaka apartment building

32 million Yen lawsuit filed against illegal Airbnb hosts in Osaka apartment building

The owners association of a condominium in Osaka’s Minami district have filed a lawsuit with the Osaka District Court seeking 32,670,000 Yen (approx. 300,000 USD) in damages from hosts providing illegal overnight accommodation in the building. According to the association, 5 of the 100 apartments in the 10 year old building have been rented out…

Local groups seek ban on unlicensed short-term letting in Hakuba

Local groups seek ban on unlicensed short-term letting in Hakuba

Hakuba’s local tourism associations are seeking a ban on short-term Airbnb-type accommodation because it could threaten the already-low operational rates of the village’s existing inns and hotels. Hakuba’s Kirikubo and Shinden districts at the foot of of the Hakuba Iwatake Ski Resort have 68 licensed lodgings that have operating ratios of around 15 ~ 20%,…

Neighbours file dispute over new apartment building in Tokyo’s Shibaura district

Neighbours file dispute over new apartment building in Tokyo’s Shibaura district

The Sankei Shimbun has reported that residents of a 14-storey, 36-year old condominium near Shinagawa Station in Tokyo’s Minato-ku have filed a complaint with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government seeking the cancelling of the building permit for a project under construction on an adjoining lot. The neighboring building is being built on land that was once…

B&B host ordered to pay landlord 700,000 Yen

The host of an illegal B&B operating out of an apartment building in Osaka has been ordered to pay 700,000 Yen (approx. 6,360 USD) in compensation to their landlord. The owner of the apartment building filed a suit in the Osaka District Court seeking 1,400,000 Yen from the tenant who was illegally subletting the apartment…

Floor space ratios may be relaxed for pre-1981 buildings in Tokyo

Floor space ratios may be relaxed for pre-1981 buildings in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is considering introducing regulations that would relax floor-space ratios when redeveloping old apartment buildings in the city. This would allow for the additional space to be sold by a real estate developer, which would help to cover the costs of redevelopment. The target of the revision is condo-style apartment buildings that…

Sellers: Your agent is now required to present all offers

From April 1, 2017, real estate agents are now obligated to inform a seller when they receive an offer from a buyer. The revision to the Buildings Lots and Buildings Transaction Business Act (the law that governs real estate transactions in Japan) now includes a clause stating that a seller’s agent must promptly inform the seller, with whom…

Short-term accommodation hosts to be hit with 180 day limit

The Japanese government is currently in the process of introducing a new law to govern the rapidly growing market of short-term letting of individual homes and apartments, and will be imposing strict rules on hosts. The maximum number of days that a property can be let out is expected to be capped at 180 days a…

Sublease lawsuits on the rise

Sublease lawsuits on the rise

Disputes on sublease agreements for rental properties are on the increase across Japan. A sublease or rental guarantee agreement is where a company, often a real estate agency, leases an apartment building or block of flats from the property owner to sublease out to tenants. The owner is guaranteed a fixed rent each month and…

Osaka apartment owner fined in court for illegal B&B

An apartment building’s owners association has successfully sued an apartment owner for illegally letting out an apartment to various tourists for short-term stays. The Osaka District Court ruled in favor of the owners association and the apartment owner was ordered to pay 500,000 Yen in restitution. According to the case, the defendant had purchased a three…

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