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KEN has properties in Tokyo and Yokohama at all times, catering to the expatriate’s needs. Whether you already know what you are looking for or you are having difficulty making a decision, call or send an Email so one of our bilingual agents can take care of any questions or concerns you may have. If your lease will be a corporate contract, information about your company requirements would be helpful to provide our best proposal of properties. When you are available for a viewing, your agent will come to pick you up at your residence or hotel.



The majority of the properties have a no shoes rule. It is highly recommended to wear shoes that are easy to take off and to wear comfortable clothes. The agent will make all the arrangements for viewings. Please keep in mind that there may be time restrictions for properties that are not vacant or are managed directly by the owner. Not only should you check the sun light, and the lay out but there will be several questions that will arise when you actually see the property. Please do not hesitate to ask your agent; we are there to answer.



Once you have found something you like, inform your agent. You will need to put in an application form to inform the owner that you would like to rent the property. The application is not an official contract but more like a letter of intent. Provide as much detail as possible and discuss any irregular requests or information with your agent in advance. Your agent will put every effort into fulfilling your requests but during the process of negotiating, may offer other options or compromises. Please take weigh all options and take everything into consideration when making your decision.


Signing the lease

Once you have reached an agreement with the owner, you will need to review the draft of the lease agreement and will be sent a detailed statement of the expenses. The lease agreement will most often be in Japanese and will be signed under Japanese law. There are some cases where an English translation is available. Please have all necessary documents ready to submit at the time the lease agreement is signed. Once the lease agreement has been signed, please process the necessary payments and apply for house insurance.


Moving in

The moving in date is stipulated on the lease and should be confirmed before the lease agreement is finalized. Some apartments have strict regulations for moving companies and schedules. Please confirm with your agent in advance. You will also need to make arrangements in advance for utilities, internet, telephone, and television. On the day of the hand-over, your agent will be present to carry out a pre-move in damage inspection. A record of all damages will be taken down. Please keep the record as you will need it when you vacated the residence. If you own a car, you will also need a parking permit. Contact agent for details.

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