Renting a Pet-friendly apartment in Japan

Poste date: Friday, October 27, 2023

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 in a rental property 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.

Rental Housing that Allows Pets

While the rental property may say they allow pets, there are still restrictions placed on the number of pets as well as the type. Common examples of restrictions would be allowing up to 2 small dogs, no large dogs allowed, or no cats allowed.

Due to each property having different rules, we recommend that you ask in advance about the pet policy specific to the property you are interested in.

Even in circumstances in which a large dog is allowed, the lessor of the property may refuse to rent an apartment/house to someone depending on the type or size of a dog. Generally, dogs that are stereotypically thought of as fighting, aggressive, attack, or hunting dogs are likely to be refused by a lessor.

For those will small animals such as hamsters, birds, and reptiles, permission in advance may be required before renting a property.

In general pet owners are required to agree to and sign a “Memorandum about Having a Pet Animal” document before being able to rent a property.

  • - You agree to pay careful attention to making sure the pet doesn’t cause any disturbances to your neighbors
  • - You agree to pay for any and all damages caused by the pet to other residents, animals, residences, or plants in the building
  • - You agree not to increase the number of pets owned when the total number owned will be more than the original number allowed by the lessor upon renting 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 expenses associated with doing so.

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

Pet-friendly Apartments and Houses

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

Examples:

  • - 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

High-grade residential complex in Roppongi Hills. Full facilities and ample reception service. Facility includes swimming pool, sauna, beauty salon treatment, sky lounge, medical clinic, pet animal caring, dry-cleaning and etc.

JPY 330,000 - 930,000/month

It offers good hospitality services to residents such as a lounge service, a front desk service, a valet parking service, etc. Park Axix Aoyama 1-chome Tower is a grand tower apartment designed by a first class designer.

JPY 370,000 - 826,000/month

This low-rise rental apartment is located in a quiet residential area of 1-chome, Tomigaya, a popular area close to Yoyogi Park. With only 2 apartment units, privacy can be maintained, and you can feel as if you were living in a single-family house. Having a large dog is negotiable. It is conveniently located for daily life having a shopping street within walking distance, and also many cafes, restaurants and supermarkets in the neighborhood.

JPY 850,000/month

Within walking distance of expansive Yoyogi Park. Nicely located with convenience of living and lush greenery in Shibuya. It is a 21 story building with office and residence floors built in Udagawacho. The upper floors above 18th floor is for luxury rental apartment units looking over Yoyogi Park. It comes with 24 hours English speaking concierge service.

JPY 800,000/month

This is a tower apartment standing on the hilltop area that oversees Shibuya, Roppongi, Aoyama and Azabu areas. It offers a luxurious city living environment with excellent common facilities.

JPY 388,000 - 720,000/month

It is a popular luxurious apartment that stands right in front of the Arisugawa Park. Greenery of the Arisugawa park can be seen from some units. The spacious floor plans are suitable for foreign families. It also offers excellent management supports.

JPY 1,500,000/month