Posts Tagged “Airbnb in Japan”

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%,…

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…

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…

Tokyo’s Taito Ward tightens rules on AirBnb-type rentals

On March 29, members of the local government in Tokyo’s Taito Ward voted unanimously in favour of reforms to regulations under the Inns and Hotels Act that will make it overwhelming difficult to operate AirBnb-type short-term rentals. The reforms will require an employee of the host company to be stationed on the premises during business…

Only 1 applicant for Ota-ku’s new short-term letting license system

Only 1 applicant for Ota-ku’s new short-term letting license system

On January 29, Tokyo’s Ota Ward introduced relaxed rules for short-term letting that allows ordinary homes and apartments to be rented to tourists. Licensing requirements still apply, however, although the terms are not as strict as they are under the hotel licensing law. In the lead up to the regulation change, Ota’s city office received…

Sumitomo bans AirBnb-type rentals in new condominium

According to the Nikkei Shimbun, property developer Sumitomo Realty & Development has taken an unusual step by adding a clause to the management bylaws of a new condominium that outright bans any short-term letting by individual apartment owners. This is in response to a growing number of complaints from buyers after moving into a building and finding that…

Osaka’s new short-term letting rules leave out Osaka City

Osaka’s new short-term letting rules leave out Osaka City

On October 27, Osaka Prefecture became the first area in Japan to approve the new and relaxed rules regarding short-term accommodation. Despite the changes, there are still strict requirements, including: Obtaining permission from local authorities before letting out the property. Having a signed fixed-term rental agreement with the host and the guest. A minimum room…

Overnight accommodation laws relaxed in Fukuoka City, but for limited times only

To alleviate the strain on hotels in Fukuoka City, the mayor announced on December 8 that the hotel letting laws would be temporarily relaxed to allow private residences and apartments to be leased out to guests. As a trial run, the license-free* letting period will be limited to just five days this month when Japanese…

Government may lift ban on AirBnb-type rentals

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism are considering removing the ban on letting out private apartments and homes to tourists starting as early as next year. Under the current Hotel Business Law, anyone wanting to provide accommodation for stays of less than 30 days must…

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