After a bit more than 1.5 years since moving to my current place in 志木, it’s time to move again. I’ve set my mind on a tower mansion 2 minutes from Ikebukuro station in Tokyo and should get the keys by the end of June.
The view from the living room should be like the picture below on clear days (albeit from a lower vantage point but I should still be able to glimpse the Fujisan). Can’t wait to be doing cool Tokyo timelapses from my own window.
This time, my company does not wish to rent it for me and take it out of my salary as I am a local contract employee. So this is my first foray into actually signing a rental contract and paying all the fees myself upfront. So lets break it down:
- 1st month of rent (you pay your rent in advance in Japan) = ¥220.000
- Moving in on 26th of June so 5 days worth of rent until 30th = ¥36.700
- 敷金 – deposit, 2 months of rent = ¥440.000
- 火災保険 – fire insurance = ¥25.000
- 鍵交換代 – lock change fee = ¥35.000 (that’s a hell of a lot for a lock!)
- 町内会費 – neighborhood association membership fee for 2 months = ¥500
For a grand total of ¥757.200 or three quarters of a million yen… upfront… it hurts…
And actually, I should count myself lucky, this is rather cheap and most of it is the deposit which I’ll mostly get back. Apartments here, especially new ones, often have a 礼金 which is also called key money and is a nice gift of 2 months of rent to the owner.
Thinking of all that money makes me a bit more partial to the idea of buying a place for myself…