A residential survey shows that the average size of independent houses is about 110 square meters. An average of 89 square meters per household is the size of including condominiums and apartment houses. The average area for one person is 23 square meters, which is much smaller than 61 square meters in the united state and 35 square meters in the United Kingdom. This is the reason why Japanese house were once called - rabbit hutches-. Yet the area of 23 square meters is twice as large as it was in the 1960s. Since the housing situation in Japan is bleak for buyers, chances are slim that the area available for each person will increase in the future.
If you were to buy a house in Tokyo with a lot of 100 square meters within one-hour commuting radius, you would have to pay 25 to 35 million yen. This figure is prohibitive, although land price have plunged after the - bubble economy- In the late 1980 and the early 1990. Houses for sale are scarce in urban areas, where in terms of both prices and availability, It is difficult to buy a home.
It depends on the size and location of the room, but the rent for a small studio or one-bedroom apartment for one person, located within a 30to 40 minute commuting radius, start at 50,000 yen a month. If the room is larger or closer to a train station, the rent will go up to 80,000 yen, and even to 100,000 yen for a sunny room in a good environment. Old apartment with no baths or showers can be rented for about half the above price.
When renting an apartment, it is often necessary to pay five or six months worth of rent as deposit and key money. Usually, two-months worth of rent deposit, one or two months rent for key money, and a one-month broker fee to realtor is necessary. The deposit will be returned to the renter when he or she moved out, minus the fee for cleaning up the room.