How to reduce the initial cost for renting apartment.

How to reduce the initial cost for renting apartment.

How to reduce the initial cost for renting apartment.

How to reduce the initial cost for renting apartment.

You will be charged the initial cost when you enter into a rental contract with a real estate agency.
Most people will undoubtedly sign for the amount offered, but in fact it can be cheaper if you negotiate.
In this article, I will introduce the methods and knowledge to reduce the initial cost.
You should definitely negotiate.


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How much is the initial cost for renting an apartment?

How do you make it cheaper?

There are two ways to reduce the initial cost.

  • Get quotations from multiple companies.
  • Negotiation.

The initial cost varies from 50,000 yen to 100,000 yen depending on whether or not these two methods are practiced.
Absolutely do these.

Get quotes from multiple companies.

Which real estate company should I get a quote from?

First of all, the first thing to know is that over 91% of rental properties in Japan can be rented from any real estate company.

Therefore, you can choose from any real estate.
Get quotes from as many real estate companies as you can.

Benefits of getting a quote.

By getting quotations from multiple companies, the price will be different even though the property is the same.
The reason is that each real estate company charges unreasonably high or has its own options in order to make more profits.

If you get a quote, you can choose cheap real estate,
Also, when you choose another real estate company, you can negotiate based on the quotation and make it cheaper.

Even in the same real estate group, the billing amount differs depending on the branch office.

Suumo estimate

Each real estate company pays to borrow the signboards of major companies to attract customers.
In other words, even if the signboard is the same, they are actually run by different companies.
You can Get a quote from each branch of the same group company.

How to get a quote.


There are two ways to get a quote.

  • Go directly to the real estate company
  • Bill online or by email

The method of going to a real estate company takes time and effort, so it is recommended to receive a bill on the Internet.
We recommend using SUUMO as the method on the Internet.
SUUMO is Japan’s largest real estate portal site. You can easily request a quote there.



The initial cost cannot be cheap just by getting a quote.
You can make the amount cheaper by negotiating based on the quotation you received and the knowledge below.

How much can the initial cost be reduced?

We have summarized the items that may be reduced in negotiations in the table.
1 to 2 months in the table means 1 to 2 months of rent.
Details of each item are described below.

Security deposit(しききん)

security deposit

The market price is the rent for 1 to 2 months.However, if this item is more than 2 months of rent, it may be reduced to 1 month.
Some properties have no security deposit.

Gratitude money(れいきん)

The market price is the rent for 1 to 2 months.

If the amount is 2 months of rent, negotiate to reduce 0.5 months of rent.

Some properties do not have Gratitude money, so you can aim for such properties.

be cautious as there are cases where the real estate company cheats on the amount set by the landlord. 

Make sure to get quotes from several real estate companies and compare them.

Key replacement cost

key replacement

The market price is 10,000 to 15,000 yen for ordinary keys.
A special key costs about 40,000 yen at the highest.

Some landlords have multiple keys, and each time the resident changes, they just change to a different old key.
If you don’t mind, you can refuse to exchange the key.
Please take responsibility for your actions.

House cleaning fee

Disinfection and cleaning

The market price for 1R and 1K properties for single living, approximately 30,000 to 40,000 yen.

If the cleaning company hasn’t cleaned it yet when you sign up, you can decline this item.
If it has already been cleaned, we cannot refuse it.

Indoor disinfection / antibacterial

Disinfection and cleaning

The price is about 10,800 yen to 32,400 yen, and 16,200 yen is the most.
there is no need. You should decline.

The construction content is not really a big deal, and the effect is not worth the cost.
Most vendors only spray disinfectant sprays.
Some vendors don’t even spray, which has been news in the past.

Varsan which is an insecticide for cockroaches

If you really want to spray it, buy it yourself and spray it.
It also has an insect repellent effect.
The best timing is before you bring in your luggage when you move in.
You can purchase it for less than 1000 yen.

Pest control costs


The market price is 10,000 to 30,000 yen.
You don’t need this either. If you are interested, do it yourself.

Most of the contractors only use insect repellent.
Occasionally a cover will be installed to fill the gap between the pipe and the wall.

You can spray it yourself for less than 1000 yen.
It also has an antibacterial effect.

If you are concerned about the gap between the pipe and the wall, buy your own putty.
Since it looks like clay, you can easily fill the gap.

Support service

The market price is 15,000 to 20,000 yen with a two-year contract.
There is no need. Let’s decline.

Most plans have the following contents.

  • Emergency response when the key is lost.
  • Responding to water leaks and clogging around water.
  • Electricity and gas troubles.
  • What to do if the glass breaks.

You must have fire insurance at the time of your rental contract, but most fire insurance coverage includes these items.
In other words, it is a wasteful expense.

Properties that cannot be negotiated

Some properties are handled by only one real estate company.
These properties account for less than 10% of all properties.
Such properties are difficult to negotiate because there are no competitors.
In addition, such properties have extra options, and the rent and initial cost are high.
We do not recommend such properties because they do not have good cost performance.


Be sure to negotiate to reduce the initial cost.
Also, get quotes from multiple companies and use them as materials for negotiations.

And when the negotiation of the initial cost is over, let’s check the special contract at the time of moving out.
Also, be sure to negotiate rent.
Have a nice Japan life!

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