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Renting Property with a Pet in Japan Japanese of this page

Post: Tuesday April 3, 2018

It is common practice that residential properties in Japan have very strict rules regarding the ownership of pets. These rules are decided and enforced by the building owner and or management. If you would like to have a pet or already have a pet that you would like to live with, starting your search with properties that allow pets is recommended.



No-Pets-Allowed Rentals

When there is “no-pet clause” in a rental agreement, a tenant found in violation of this rule will have their rental agreement terminated and potentially be required to pay a fine for the infraction.


Pets Allowed Rental Housing

Properties that allow pets still place restrictions on the type of pets as well as how many. Common examples of restrictions that are; up to 2 small dogs allowed, no large dogs allowed, and no cats allowed. Due to each residential property having different rules, we recommend you ask about the property’s pet policy in advance.

Even in circumstances in which a large-dog is allowed, a lessor may sometimes refuse to rent the apartment/house depending on the type or size of a dog. In general, an attack or a hunting type dog which is stereotypically thought to be aggressive is likely to be refused by a lessor. In regards to having small animals such as hamsters, birds, and reptiles, permission in advance may be required before renting a property.

In general when in possession of a pet, you are required to agree to the following conditions and affix your signature and seal to a “Memorandum about Having a Pet Animal”.

- You agree to pay careful attention not to cause any disturbances to the neighbors

- You agree to compensate any and all damage that the pet causes to other residents, animals, residences or plants in the building.

- You agree to not increase the number of pets owned when it will be more than the number originally allowed by the lessor of the property.

- You are obligated to restore (including sterilization and deodorization) anything damaged by the pet to its original condition upon vacating the property and to pay all the expenses for such purposes.

In addition to the above memorandum, rental conditions may change such as an extra deposit for having a pet.

Pet agreement


Pet-friendly Apartments and Houses

Pet Friendly Properties

Some rental properties are designed with the purpose of living a comfortable life with pets.


- Having traffic lines for pets (pet lanes) arranged on the premises and in shared spaces.

- Having a foot bath for pets within the premises of an apartment


Some apartments and stand-alone houses with a garden allow the owning of a large dog.

We here at PLAZA HOMES have put together and up-dated listing of Pet-friendly Apartment and Houses in Tokyo.

>> Pet Friendly Properties in Central Tokyo and its Suburbs



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