63% of Japanese apartment owners would rent to immigrants

First Logic conducted a recent survey of apartment owners to find out their opinions on recent government discussions about increasing the number of immigrants in Japan.

81% responded in favor of immigration. Of those, 63% said they would rent their property to immigrants, while 18% said they would not.Read more

Kyoto Court ruling on renewal fees

The Kyoto District Court has ruled that the maximum apartment renewal fee cannot exceed 20% of the annual rent paid on the property.

On February 29th, the court made a ruling on a court case involving a 25 year old tenant who was suing her landlord for the return of her renewal fee. The judge ruled that a renewal fee that does not exceed 20% of one year's rent is appropriate, and ordered the landlord to return part of the tenant's renewal fee.Read more

Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world to rent a 2-bedroom apartment

The 500.38sqm (5384 sqft) 1-bedroom penthouse in La Tour Daikanyama has an asking rent of 5,310,000 Yen/month and is the most expensive rental apartment in Tokyo.

According to a survey by ECA International, Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world to rent a 2-bedroom apartment, and the 2nd most expensive city in the world for 3-bedroom apartments.

Tokyo has also seen the biggest fall in rents in Asia. This continues the trend of year-on-year rental price decreases witnessed there since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008.

Lee Quane, Regional Director of ECA International Asia explains that "assignee numbers in Tokyo are still lower than before the financial crisis". This means there is less demand for rental property in expatriate areas, and rents in those areas have steadily fallen since then, dropping almost 5% in Yen terms. Further falls in international assignee numbers following the tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster have continued to contribute to this trend.Read more

Apartments for wine lovers in Shibuya

Apartment developer, Inovv Inc, announced plans for a new residential building in Shinsencho, Shibuya-ku, that will be designed for wine aficionados.

Construction of the tentatively titled "Shibuya Shinsen Wine Apartment Project" will start in May 2012. The 10-storey building will have 18 studio apartments ranging from 42 to 45 sqm (452 ~ 484 sqft). Apartments will be available for rent only, and will not be available for individual sale.Read more

La Tour Shinjuku Grand

Average price: 1,183,000 Yen/sqm
Size range: 38.98 ~ 194.98 sqm (419 ~ 2098 sqft)

Average rent: 4990 Yen/sqm/month
Estimated Yield: 5.06% pa


La Tour Shinjuku Grand is the latest addition to Sumitomo's La Tour Series of rental apartments. The special feature for this property is high ceilings. The ceiling height in each apartment is 3.7 meters, which is far higher than the standard 2.4m ceilings found in most Japanese apartments. The high ceilings are not wasted as some apartments come with lofts to maximize the usable space. The building is not big on amenities as it only has the standard concierge service and gym (no swimming pool). Residents also have free internet access.Read more

Average apartment rent in 2011

Tokyo Kantei announced the average apartment rent across Japan's three major metropolitan areas - Greater Tokyo, the Kinki region (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara) and the Chubu region (Aichi, Nagano, Shizuoka, etc). Tokyo and Chubu both saw a fall in the average rent, but the Kinki region saw an increase of 2.4% in 2011. Compared to the average rent of 1622 Yen/sqm/month in 2009, the rent in the Kinki region has increased by 6.5% over the past 2 years. This is said to be the result of an increase in newer apartments from 2010.Read more

Shinjuku's latest luxury rental tower is home to Japan's first infinity rooftop pool

The brand new Park Habio Shinjuku Eastside Tower is the first rental building in Japan to have a rooftop infinity swimming pool for residents [As pointed out by a reader, Atago Green Hills Forest Tower (2001) has a rooftop pool on the 42nd floor]. Located on the 32nd floor, the infinity pool will have a commanding view of the Shinjuku skyline. There is also a bar lounge and rooftop terrace which can be used for residents to hold catered private parties. Other facilities include an indoor golf range, fully-equipped gym and karaoke room.Read more